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Jack DeJohnette: Painting With Sticks

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JD: No, unless there was something specific he wanted to hear. Otherwise, everything was cool if he didn't say anything. And he expected you to come up with something different every night, not play the same licks. You were expected to play what you don't know, not what you already know. It's easy to sit home and play all kinds of great ideas, great, but then when you're playing with an ensemble, you can't play that shit. You gotta react with the musicians, and sometimes that may require you just keeping time and not playing all the hip stuff. It doesn't work, because now you are part of a team.

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