Archive for November, 2009

Benny Golson (October 1998)

November 6, 2009


I saw jazz great Benny Golson give a talk here in Detroit on October 22, 1998.   I believe it was at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall (formerly the Paradise Theatre).  Here are a few of my notes from that.  I just found them in one of my sketchbooks.  The quotes may not be totally precise, but close:

He called jazz “an imperial distraction of the highest magnitude.”  He also said that “in jazz, you may keep going back to the same forest, yet it’s not the same trees.”

He said that “improvisation changes everything.”  He went on to compare the sensation to a wheel within a wheel or a horizon line that keeps vanishing whenever you “get there.”