Excerpted from ESQUIRE, Sept. '65
Don Ellis (his name under his photograph in which he is holding his trumpet, his photo one of 8 others)
"I got bored with the old way - it came too easy. I worked until I could play any chord changes at any tempo in any key, and then said 'What else is there?' Now I'm finding out. There is much to be done in areas of rhythm.-Indian rhythm- the most highly developed style of organized rhythm in the world - could be studied and applied. And how about the jazzman's use of pitch? It is far richer than the classical musicians equal-tempered scale which has only 12 notes. This is an age of unprecedented discovery. Let us be thankful that it is not confined to science. I expect the audience to come up to my level. I am not interested in compromising my music to make it palatable to an assumed sub-standard mass."