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Have a look at this great interview with Karrin by Richard Henke of The Commons.

Read the interview at The Commons Online

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How have you opened a new door on the harmonica?

Maybe I opened a new door...we'll see what happens next. It happened also by the simple fact that I was invited to be part of certain musical experiences, musical journeys that were requiring a new kind of playing. It forced me, almost, to go in that direction. Not really forced me, but it really invited me, I would say is a better word. Exactly like Steve Coleman. Because that was early on. I was like 22, 23. So he called me to do some stuff. His music, you gotta play a different way than Toots or Stevie.

I was trying to find something. I was listening to his music, to all his records, listening to the phrasing. I was really studying the different concepts he was using at the time. ..'cause he's evolving all the time. It inspired me to work really, really hard and try to find a language that could work with his music on the harmonica.

And it's the same thing with every person whom I've played with. Like Cassandra Wilson - a totally different language. She was also part of the M-base movement. You get more of that folk music/jazz. And I just wanted to find a really pure way of playing that could really work, at the same time being completely free 'cause that's what really moves me in music, is to have freedom.

And the same thing when I play with Pat [Metheny]. I had to find the language that was really perfect for his music. Same thing with Herbie [Hancock]. Same thing with Charlie Hunter - being part of the horn section was new. I had to really think about it and really try to understand my role and go with it. Also in terms of the playing, I was trying to work on different things. So it's always been like that, basically.

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