Tony Dagradi, the saxophonist for jazz group Astral Project
, says his iPod has "a whole lot of Indian classical music" on it these days. No surprise, since the New Orleans band is known for taking a free-range approach. "Your whole livelihood depends on being proactive," Dagradi says.
Since 1978, the quartet has explored everything from offbeat funk and street rhythms to big-band standards and Eastern melodies. "It's important to work on certain facets out of the norm," says Dagradi. "It sharpens your focus."
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