Take Five With Clay Grossman
Sun Ra, Strange Strings (Saturn);
Captain Beefheart, Trout Mask Replica (Bazarr);
Charlie Parker, Complete Charlie Parker (Dial);
Mozart, Mozart Edition: Complete Works (Brilliant Classics);
Henry Cow, In Praise of Learning (Virgin).
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
To me, some of the more exciting music being created today is out in the smaller clubs and venues. So much of what was done 50-60 years ago is coming back around. The road forward for me is through the avant-garde.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Education is essential. Involving the younger generation and expanding their minds is key to not only help jazz live but to broaden its appeal and influence.
What is in the near future?
I am producing and will release Jazz Apocalypse Vol 2 in the near future. I am developing a minimalist eclectic jazz/classical project at present. I am also continuing to expand and explore in non-traditional eastern influenced music and have plans to gather and garner new sounds in that arena.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
I do not want a funeral. Just go home and listen to one of my albums.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
Something creative such as a fine art painter, fashion designer, or architect.