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Sullivan knows there's work ahead and see positive things continuing. "I am very lucky that I have the opportunity to play with all these great musiciansthe opportunities I've already had, things I've already done, bringing a full big band over to Europe and getting to play with Dave Douglas. If somebody told me that five years ago, I'd be like, 'Jeez. I can't believe that.' Now that it's over, I'm like, 'Why am I not doing that every day?' It's the sustainability and developing some continuity that is really my next endeavor."
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.