In response, Eric Dolphy made reference to the inspiration for his improvisations. When asked what he was trying to achieve with his music, Dolphy told Down Beat, "What I’m trying to do I find enjoyable.
Inspiring — what it makes me do. It helps me play, this feel. It’s like you have no idea what you’re going to do next. You have an idea, but there’s always that spontaneous thing that happens. This feeling, to me, leads the whole group." But Dolphy’s style was not as random as his remarks might lead one to believe.
As Ted Gioia remarked in The History of Jazz, "Like Coltrane, Dolphy had mastered the art of jazz through diligence, an openness to new sounds, and assiduous practice. Both saxophonists came to adopt the most radical techniques of improvisation, but — and this was the marvel — did so in careful, almost methodical steps."