It's the group sound that's important, even when you're playing a solo.
If you have something to say of any worth then people will listen to you.
We're not like pop musicians who have to perform the same top ten tunes every night of a tour.
I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.
I don't do something because I think it will sell 30 million albums. I couldn't care less. If it sells one, it sells one.
You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz.
Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style, a trademark, so to speak. They confine themselves to one type of playing.