Ideas and the fundamentals of music – time and harmony and melody – transcend any particular instrument.
The guitar, which happens to be this thing hanging around my neck that’s been there for 50 years, has become a tool, I guess I would say.
“If you look at the very long list of people I’ve had associations with, it’s also a list of my favorite musicians,” he smiles.
“Not only have I gotten to play with them a lot, we’re all very close.
The list of artists who’ve recorded his compositions is even longer and wider.
In the guitar department, he’s collaborated with Goodrick, “Sco” (as he calls John Scofield), Bill Frisell, and Jim Hall.
His rapport with Mays brings to mind Jim Hall’s collaborations with Bill Evans, except that Hall and Evans didn’t play thousands of live gigs together.