Your live solos continue to evolve. How do you avoid getting stuck in a rut?
“I deliberately set out to learn [to improvise], within the context of my solo, making the first half of it improvisational over three different ostinatos, and then the second half was composed, so I know it is always going to resolve into something from the audience’s point of view.
“Pure improvisation, everybody knows, is inherently risky. I remember seeing the Grateful Dead years ago and Mickey Hart met me before the show. He said, ‘We had a really good show last night so we probably won’t have another one for the next three or four days.’
“That’s just the cycle that is necessary if you devote yourself to improvisation. I improvise within a framework but I’ve been able to take myself so far out of my former comfort zone with that kind of nurturing over time from teachers like that and inspirations.”