LIGHTNING STRIKES! – In college, my roommate played “Cannonball & Coltrane” for me. The floodgates opened. I listened obsessively to the great jazz players of the 50’s and early 60’s.
REALLY POWERFUL LIGHTNING STRIKES! – Over time I was introduced to Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis. Then a friend sat me down to listen to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. It changed the direction of my life. I was in medical school, but the pull to leave and play music instead grew stronger and eventually won the day . The New Wave of jazz players then became the focus of my listening and striving. The more I heard, the more I wanted to play like them…Coltrane… Eric Dolphy… Albert Ayler… Archie Shepp… Pharoah Sanders…
FRUSTRATION – My flute no longer cut it. Playing classical music no longer fulfilled my needs. An alto sax that I bought in college led to a tenor sax. I pretended to be part of the new wave of jazz.
I imitated, but, looking back, I never came close to innovating. Learning that I could never be a true jazz musician, I did go through a period of total devastation.
During that time I began to listen to electronic music made with instruments like this: