Destiny and Desire (Morgan Powell) from Dancing with the Ramblers
Ray Sasaki, trumpet
Howie Smith, alto saxophone
My compositions are not easily categorized. They combine jazz, free and structured improvisations and current classical musical traditions as well as those of the past. I try to avoid the traditional divisions between "high" and "low" or popular culture, in my choice of ideas, materials and methods.
For me, composition is gratifying work. Performance is exhilarating play. Whether composing or performing jazz, intricately composed works or free improvisation, making music continues to be a wonderful life of work and play.
When I was six years old, I was attracted to the trombone because of the beautiful sound my cousin Dub produced on his silver Buescher. Later, I discovered the trombone could be smooth, rough, ugly, sexy and much more. I eventually found my own voice as well as my best friends through playing the trombone.