Mr. Threadgill on Continuity

“You know, you don’t play for one week, your wife or your girlfriend knows; two weeks and you know; three weeks and everybody knows.

“I have friends who can do both. I can’t do both. I have to do one at a time. I write, and then I go to my instruments. I can’t keep up with the instruments if the writing becomes too demanding.

“I figured out a long time ago that going back for me is always a mistake . I mean on every level: personal life, everything – going backward does not work for me, it’s destructive.  All of my mistakes have been made going backwards.”

These are excerpts from a huge interview by Ethan Iverson. Dig it all at

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