It had to swing. It had to swing: 'ting-ting-ti-ting-ting-ti-ting-ting-ti-ting'. And without that - it's not jazz.
Charles Tolliver about what the Blue Note producers demanded from their musicians
The trumpeter, flugelhornist and bandleader Charles Tolliver has been a member of the Blue Note family since 1964, when he made his first recordings for the label with the renowned saxophonist Jackie McLean. In his long, eventful career he has performed and recorded with many musicians, including Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Booker Ervin, Gary Bartz, Herbie Hancock, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Oliver Nelson, Andrew Hill, Louis Hayes, Roy Ayers and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. Charles Tolliver lives in New York.