Recovering from the smash hit Fall Tour 2014. Frank Zappa. Prokofiev. James Brown. Whatever happened to radio? Real DJs and The Electrifying Mojo?
Roger CortonSo now that you’re back from Fall Tour 2014, how did it all go? I saw some cell phone video and you were really playing the piano. What was that?
JCH(laughing) People always seem so surprised. I don’t get it.
RCWell, you do some virtuosic stuff on record, but it’s always in these short bursts. It’s just different when…
JCH…when it’s more than fifteen seconds. (laughing) No I get it. I just read an old Frank Zappa column…
RCMay he rest in peace.
JCH…yeah I forgot you’re one of those acolytes. Anyhoo, in it Frank admits that he’s just not that great a player and…
JCHYeah, yeah, yeah. As I way saying, he basically talks about how he’s trying to tell a story with his solos and he’s got some notes that are like guideposts along the way, but how he gets between them? He doesn’t worry about being all that precise. And he never practices. Which was obvious, by the way (laughs).
RCWhich is surprising considering how legendary he was for being so demanding of his players.
JCHLast time I checked, the word ‘hypocrisy’ isn’t in the Harvard Dictionary Of Music. But anyhoo, I know that attitude is [...]