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Improvisation, Correlation, and Vibration: An Interview with Steve Coleman

Johannes Völz

Published: 2006-12-02

While working on a study on the relation between improvisation and language (Depth and Indebtedness: Jazz, Improvisation, Language, 2007), the interviewer asked saxophonist Steve Coleman to participate in a Berlin-New York phone interview.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.