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Music and Freedom the Improvisation of Jazz

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In this video Willie Oteri talks about why he chose improvisation and jazz. 

I was asked about why I chose go into instrumental music, improvisational music, Jazz basically. I wanted the freedom that you get from improvisation, and the freedom that Jazz brings. -That's being able to create at the moment.

Like a lot of people, I started out just jamming in bands when I was a kid. And then it went to something really structured, and we had song structures, we played everything the same every night. I did that on my first two albums too and then when I moved to Austin in 1998 I wanted to break out of that and go into improvisation just for the freedom of it because I felt it was the most expressive thing -was jazz improvisation is the most expressive thing.

I think a lot of people don't realize that there were classical improvisers. I don't know when classical music stopped -you can look it up on Wikipedia or something if you just type in 'classical improvisation' -you'll learn a lot about how classical music was improvised a lot too. Even people like Mozart, Beethoven, the top people wrote charts with leaving big gaps open for the soloists to do whatever they felt like doing.

They didn't have it all structured out for them. There were also parts for the rhythm sections that weren't all structured out, and they wanted it to just be free and open. Even in operas there was some stuff like that.

For me, it was about the freedom because it's the most creative -I think improvising is the most creative form of music. That's what got me into it.

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