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I like to play stride, boogie-woogie, be-bop, modal, etc., and I think free jazz should contain all of the above. I am playing free in the sense that I mostly improvise without any predetermined melodic or harmonic material, other than perhaps a pitch class set, or, as Cecil Taylor would call it a "unit structure. I don't think that free jazz is defined by the style and language of its originators, who were simply creative people, each with their own unique set of influences, strengths and weaknesses. The thought of copying the sum of one person's work and then trying to take it further seems like a recipe for failure. What I have tried to do is to expose myself the primary influences of the innovators, and make my own synthesis of that body of knowledge. Otherwise I fear a narrowing of the music will be the result.
I also feel that with the freedom comes responsibility: if I give myself the freedom to play anything I want, it better be more interesting than something that has had limits imposed on it. I believe that music is enhanced silence, so it needs to be an improvement.
Steve Lantner Trio, What You Can Throw (HatOLOGY, 2007) Steve Lantner Quartet, Paradise Road (Skycap, 2006) Steve Lantner Trio, Blue Yonder (Skycap, 2005) Steve Lantner Trio, Saying So (Riti 2002) Lantner/Maneri/Morris, Voices Lowered (Leo, 2001) Steve Lantner/Mat Maneri, Reaching (Leo, 1997)
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.