"I'm very proud to wear the label of jazz musician. It's the greatest music in the world for me. I don't want to fuse it with Indian music, with Hip-Hop, or with Reggae. I think all these guys that are doing that - that's great for them, but it's not for me. I just want to play straight-ahead acoustic jazz. Four guys - me and a rhythm section - that's what I do. Or a quintet, or whatever Bebop-based jazz, straight-ahead - it's the thing I want to do and the thing I do best."
Simon Spillett, The Jazz Rag, 2007
Photograph by Jerry Storer