19th Sep 2011, 10:30am
Anyone that listens closely to my lines will hear the strong influence of Eric Dolphy.
I understood and loved Dolphy before I understood Monk. The energy, vibrancy and wit of his improvisations were other-worldly to me; even though at the time I was a listener rather than an instrumentalist I knew that his sound struck a chord with me.
So it's pleasing that in some ways his parents remind me of mine; very patient, and supportive. This touching interview shows Dolphy's self-belief and courage: he never became embittered, even when others were putting him down.