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What is amazing is how easily traditional musicians all over the world take to [jazz]. Take to improvising together. Itís really ducks to water. Itís always a thrill that once people understand they can be free to play what they want to play, they take off with it.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.