I totally subscribe to what Miles said. He said “you have to listen to the music before you play and then decide what you can do to make the music as good as possible.” One of the choices is not to play at all. Everything I do is governed by that Miles Davis viewpoint.
I saw him play once and he just stood there and didn’t play for about half an hour. Ever since I saw that I’ve always felt that I had the option to not play at all. And sometimes the music’s better when I don’t, an option that a lot of other musicians should think of taking more often. - Jack Grassel