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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.
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.