When I started studying with Bob I was deep into Lee Konitz. I was aware that Bob came out of the same generation and pool of musicians, meaning both were post Basie/Lester Young players associated with the "cool school."
I did my best to sound soft, airy, and hip in the first lesson. He wasn't having it.
He told me to play a Bb major scale - the first scale I ever learned - as loud as I could. Then he asked me to do it again, then again, then again. Nope, never got it right that first…Read more