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On the new episode of The Jazz Session, Jason Crane interviews saxophonist Donny McCaslin about his new record, Recommended Tools (Greenleaf Music, 2008). The new album is McCaslin's statement in the saxophone trio format, joined by two of New York's finestbassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Johnathan Blake. McCaslin shines on this album of original compositions, plus Billy Strayhorn's "Isfahan."
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.