Is Weather Report your best musical experience so far?
[Pause] Improvisationally, yeah, no question about it. Show-wise, on stage, I've done a lot heavier things. But this will be that heavy pretty soon, too. This is a brand new band, we never even had any rehearsals. Improvisation, though, is really high. This band is really throwing the music out there, it's like the music is really breathing. It's never the same from night to night—every night is completely different.
Even though we're using tunes as motifs, that's all they're being used for. The basic thing we're doing is improvising, but we're making it sound like we're not improvising. That sounds sort of like a contradiction, but there's something to that. In other words, you play, and you just try to make it sound clean enough so that people don't get drug out [laughs] and you can still work and have fun. There's a fine line. You can't even talk about it, really, but essentially that's what we're doing, we're making improvised music sound written.