"My dad wasn't a schooled musician, kind of a basic sort of dixieland bass player. Very good at it, but he didn't read music or learn about the theory of music. But, he said to me, "It's like this: you just make up your own melody as you go over that chord. Don't play the melody, but you can play little bits of the melody maybe, but make up your own little things in there." I just understood that. That's really what I did. And I think that's why I'm quite a melodic improviser, because coming from that background I'm not doing it from a point of view of playing around chords and notes in a theoretic way of doing. But, I just go, "I wonder if I can actually make up a melody that's as good as that or better than that?"
( Martin Taylor playing Stella , excellent! - Ed )