The standard is ongoing. All variations, interpolations, and interpretations are forecast by the structure. Endlessly repeating, ever changing... always - there is the form.
There is no improvisation. All possibilities preexist within the form itself. Indeed, the musician simply acts as medium, channeling the standard from the either to the ear.
The only limitations are those of the listener - the audible spectrum is finite, the standard is infinite. The body must eat, the mind must rest.
To perform the standard is to reveal but one of the possibilities already crystalized in the perfection of the form.
- Roland Barf