"Just a Cool" track was written specifically for the film. I wanted to use bass, drums, and vibes to create an intense dinner scene where Quinn's brother-in-law harasses him about making a movie that "pops." The music is inspired by my love of Charles Mingus. Mingus influenced my music beyond belief. From Mingus, I discovered Thelonious Monk, or as the character played by Christine Woods on "Hello Ladies" says, "The Loneliest Monk.."
i love how much Mingus was influenced by Duke Ellington and how he used Ellington's and Billy Strayhorn's orchestrations to elevate a certain dissonance in jazz. Mingus was part of the concept of Third Stream Music (a combination of jazz and classical music with improvisational elements). Gunther Schuller coined the term and was a brilliant conceptual artist. I wonder if he ever met John Cage.