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"Appreciate expression......but respect the craft" - (me, 2011)
Ron Goff: National Association of Jazz Educators (NAJE) award winning soloist and recording session musician with hundreds of
St. Louis Cardinals
Ron Goff began playing saxophone when he was ten years old. Initially he began playing alto and was heavily influenced by David Sanborn. Playing alto through highschool and college he won several soloist awards and was interviewed by Downbeat magazine at age 15. Upon graduating highschool, college music classes took a backseat to his already blossoming commercial recording career. Ron switched to tenor saxophone when he was 23. While he was still playing alto saxophone Ron was heavily influenced by John Coltrane and Michael Brecker so the transition to tenor sax was a natural one. After hundreds of commercial recordings and a couple of tours Ron became disillusioned with pop music culture and took a hiatus from music for a couple of years. A series of events led him back to playing with a different attitude. The upcoming album, "Illusion of Reality" is the result of his new attitude toward creating music. Here are Ron's comments on his current project, and his new attitude toward music: "When I chose to rejoin the music community I decided to do it on my terms. I want to do it for the art, for the love of music, for genuinely communicating my emotions with other people. In the past I listened to everyone else but myself, and it led me to a career that I came to loathe. This time around it's about reaching people with no compromise; just great music that everyone can enjoy. So much jazz music today is watered down by players that are in it for the money, or players that are so into what combination of notes is technically correct that they lose the essential message of music - to create something people can feel and enjoy, and sometimes something people need to reflect or think about. My main goal is to create jazz music that contains melodies and rhythms that all people, not just jazz enthusiasts, can enjoy. Melodies should be singable and the rhythms should be danceable, or at least something anyone can tap their foot to. Jazz music used to do that but I don't hear that so much anymore: I want my music to sing and dance. I want to couple the simplicity of great melodies and rhythms that make pop music of today so popular with the complex harmonic structures, rhythms, lines, etc. that jazz lovers can sink their teeth into. Ultimately I want to create music that gives everyone a sense of happiness and satisfaction that I got as a child from listening to really great players. When I write and play I think of a good mystery movie where everyone is clued in on what's going to happen, and they're anxiously waiting to see how it plays out. That's what I want to provide to new listeners and fans alike: something they can grab onto, and then something unexpected that allows then to enjoy the song over and over again."