7-24-13: The More You Try To Sound Like Yourself​.​.​.

7-24-13: The More You Try To Sound Like Yourself​.​.​.

The more you try to sound like yourself, the more you sound like your father. All boys, once they pass through puberty, inevitably end up sounding like their dads, specially on the phone, specially when telling other people what to do. But the same can be said of our musical father’s, e.g. the artists who influence us the most. I know that I have a distinct musical voice of my own by now (and so don’t generally worry about it), but the fact remains that when I sit down to improvise like this, my musical fathers (and mothers) come rushing back to me in a sort of instantaneous time machine, slapping me around, judging me, getting in the way, me pushing them out of the way, and in general being both an inspiration and a nuisance.  You can’t avoid it—your heroes are a part of you, having passed on their musical genes to you, whether they know it or not.

So as I started playing this, I was immediately confronted with the image of Randy Weston, one of my biggest influences as a teenager. Then a few bars in, I’m confronted with Bach, who is always hanging around like a persistent cough. Bach and Weston  duke it out, and I’m left with this…

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