JI: What awareness are you looking to trigger in others?
JPB: You have to witness how this process en- hances life. I may not be doing it but it’s possible that from you seeing my performance, you might be triggered to do something and you can get where I didn’t go. It’s a cosmic exchange of ener- gy. That person can then come out with a record- ing, send me an email, and say, “Check this out, I heard you’re thing and this is what I did,” and I’ll be like, ‘Wow, that’s actually where I was trying to go!’ Maybe he couldn’t have gotten there without hearing me, just like I wouldn’t be able to play some of the rhythms I play without listening to Ti Roro, the Haitian percussionist, the only music of voodoo real roots music of Haiti that was allowed in the house at the time in the ‘60s and ‘70s. I couldn’t even visualize what I’m doing now with- out listening to Elvin Jones and Doudou N’Diaye Rose, one of our still living masters of rhythm...
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