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Ray Brown: A Jazz Odyssey

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AAJ: So do you feel confident about the current state of jazz?

RB: I think the future is in great hands. These kids are playing very well. They have a good understanding and they play their instruments better than we played them when I was that age.

AAJ: But these young guys have technology and the history of the music to draw on more than what your generation had.

RB: As a lot of time goes on, the more you have to draw from. But, we don't have another Einstein yet. That's strange, but then maybe it isn't strange because maybe Einsteins don't show up but every 250 years.

AAJ: So, how would you like to be remembered in terms of your place in jazz history?

RB: I'm not going to sit here and talk about what I contributed; that's for somebody else to do. But, I just want to be remembered as a guy who gave his best and I hope that whatever few good ideas I had that they grab them and develop them and do better.

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