Something important that dawned on me tonight. It's imperative that you believe that people enjoy your music. Take that away, and every note becomes tentative and unsure. Even if it's not. Of course, being swollen with talent helps a lot, as in the case of Jason Moran, whom I saw perform tonight. Pretty inspiring to see people play that don't revert to gimmicks and devices to make their music work. These guys, Ralph Alessi, Moran, Drew Gress and Nasheet Waits played beautiful music. Long lines, stillness at times, thoughtfulness, conversation... and not until the music really required it by virtue of nature did they explode into wild fortissimos. Again, the kind of night that makes me remember why I live in this place.
Here we go, Day 321: https://ia600800.us.archive.org/31/items/Improv63012/20120630164357.mp3