Nate Wooley writing for New Music Box:
After my first short trip to New York, I saw Ron. He was interested in my impressions and, at length, I told him various stories about which trumpet players I felt were “ripping off” material from others and which I thought were really original. His reply, after a long pause, produced such a radical swing in my thinking that I tend to visualize it, now, as a tectonic plate shift. He said:
None of that matters. In the grand scheme of things, we’re all just dots on dots on dots on dots on dots.
This is a good story, and it’s one that a lot of musicians can probably relate to.