I’ve never heard the term “static” used in terms of notes, music. If they were exciting as you say they were, then they had value, if they had value in the piece then they are real notes. You can easily hear them on the recording, so they have frequency, you can even place them in the staff if needed. If you like calling them “Non-Notes” that’s fine, that’s not my opinion of them. They are quieter than his normal full sound, but thinking about what you have to do with your “Set” to get those out, mechanically they would be quieter, they are extreme. Just my opinion here. So I’m not really sure what your getting at. If your comparing two incredible players, fine, but that is something I don’t do personally. Maynard has been my mentor as long as I can remember and still is. Bud is also a mentor of mine as well as a few others. To me, they are as real as any other note. I also agree with Janet Lee, Maynard was like everyone else, he had good days and bad days. The bad days he bit into the mic a little harder, the good days he probably didn’t need a mic. He said once that on his good days, you could drive a Mac-Truck through his aperture it was so open.