“I think a lot about balancing opposing elements in my pieces: planning/spontaneity, complexity/simplicity, density/openness, intellect/emotion. Music has a lot of scope for self-expression (emotions) and experimentation with ideas (intellect). This might be especially true of creative jazz. I think the dilemma over how much weight to give these potentially competing tendencies is an interesting aspect of writing and playing music. For me the ideal is both: music involving sophisticated ideas and a high level of craft that moves me.”
Pianist Barney McAll in a record development session with Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar, Drew Gress on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums at 58 Northsix Media Labs in Brooklyn.