One can only imagine that in order to perform at the highest level when improvising, the mind has to be in a certain state of mind. The first state of mind that comes to mind is the realm of theory. Jazz musicians utilize the theory they've learned through years of practice to play melodically appropriate lines during the complex jazz harmonic changes while improvising.
Many have said that jazz musicians develop a language that is not different from any other spoken language. Musicians recall melodic phrases that they have learned through transcribing or lines that they have crafted or are crafting themselves. In order to have real freedom while playing them, the musicians have to be in a state of mind were everything that the musician has learned can come out beautifully and perfectly without any mental boundaries.
Kurt achieves this beautifully and his interviews gives us a great sense of his take on this.
I know that there are many players in the forum and I was wondering if you guys had your own takes of what you feel, think, dream, and remember when you improvise. How do you overcome the fear of improvising? Does it have to do with your level of preparation? I've also read the Kenny Werner book.
What are your thoughts?