Legendary music from John Medeski’s first solo record, A Different Time.
Intriguing words from The Universal Mind of Bill Evans:
"I believe that all people are in possession of what might be called a, ‘Universal Musical Mind’. Any true music speaks with this universal mind, to the universal mind in all people. The understanding that results will vary only insofar, as people have, or have not been conditioned to the various styles of music in which the Universal Mind speaks. Consequently, often some effort, and exposure, is necessary in order to understand some of the music coming from a different period, or a different culture than that to which the listener has been conditioned. I do not agree that the laymen’s opinion is less of a valid judgment of music than that of the professional musician; in fact I would often rely more on the judgment of a sensitive laymen than that of a professional, since the professional—because of his constant involvement in the mechanics of music—must fight to preserve the naivety that the laymen already possesses."
"…Jazz as we tend to look at it, is a style, but I feel that Jazz is not so much a style as a process of making music. It’s the process of making one minutes music in one minutes time, whereas when you compose you can make one minutes music and take three months to compose one minutes music…we think of Jazz as a stylistic medium now, which in a way it is, but, I think we must remember that in an absolute sense, Jazz is more a certain creative process of spontaneity than a style. Therefore you might say that Chopin, or Bach, or Mozart, or whoever improvised music, that was able to play music of the moment, was in a sense playing Jazz."
On Progress in Music:
"The person that succeeds in anything has the realistic viewpoint at the beginning and knowing that the problem is large, and that he has to take it a step at a time, and he has to enjoy the step-by-step learning procedure."
…The point is, what are you satisfied with? In other words, it’s better to do something simple, which is real…it can still be satisfactory, but it’s something you can build on because you know what you’re doing…whereas if you try to approximate something which is very advanced, and don’t know what you’re doing, than you can’t build on it…
…you have to have a certain adventurous spirit, but let’s say over a long period of time you have to be aware of what is really accurate and what is not, and when you’re adventurous you have to know when you succeed and when you don’t succeed.”
On Professional Discipline:
"You learn to throw that switch. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of times where you just feel like, ‘I just can’t possibly get up there and play’, and when the moment comes *snaps*. You have that discipline. And there’s a professional level of creativity that I can depend on, that is satisfactory for public performance."
3 masterfully overdubbed piano tracks. Radical methods for 1963 produce pure harmonic bliss.
Sample-based glory from FLA. Sounds like 4 or 5 Madlib songs rolled into one.