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In the interest of complete candor, I must admit I was not hip to Thurston Moore's improvising until I received an album, Hurricane Floyd on a then little known Sublingual label. Frankly, I only put it on because I experienced Hurricane Floyd having lived in New York for the better part of a year (and it was Revelations, pigeons dropping from the sky, child killing mosquitoes, and this Floyd, who huffed and puffed and blew everything down). Wally Shoup, I had heard rumblings of, but who was this Thurston Moore? I did some research and it turned out that Moore was a member of Sonic Youth. I knew little of Sonic Youth, but became a quick study shortly thereafter. Since, I have been doing my homework, collecting every single piece of improvisational documentation Moore has recorded. And he is impressive. So damn the man. Wang Chung everybody. As always, Moore's Fireside is brought to you commercial free, uninterrupted, unedited and in his own words.
Fred Jung: How did you develop an interest in improvised music?
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.