Malachi Thompson – Spirit
Delmark DD 442 (1990)
Jazz is the music of freedom. Freedom is primarily a mental state of being. The artist certainly has the liberty to create a great music, but whether his mind is trained or free to do so is another issue. Looking at Jazz from a historical reference point, the elements that contribute to the making of a good Jazz musician are; mastery of the instrument, a working knowledge of music theory, a chronological reference to past greats and most importantly, a concept or sense of self. We all can’t be innovators, but we all have a ‘voice’.