“I’ve always told the musicians in my band to play what they know and then play above that. Because then anything can happen, and that’s where great art and music happen.” – Miles Davis
It’s Jazz Week at Chautauqua, and the music is fabulous. Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra are blowing away the large, enthusiastic crowds.
The other day I heard this quote by Miles Davis that seems to be about life as well as jazz. I certainly want to play above what I know in my writing and my relationships and my spirituality. Don’t you?
Like a good jazz musician, I would like to soar above the commonplace, not only achieving harmony with those with whom I collaborate but also to seek something unique and transcending.
Jazz: you either dig it or you don’t.
How about you?