Just found this in an interview with Charlie Haden from downbeat’s website. He and the interviewer are talking about bassists he learned from, and when they get to Wilbur Ware (who played, among others, with Monk) the interviewer says what a great soloist he was. Haden says:
You forget sometimes that you are playing music, not just playing jazz. It’s good sometimes to remind people of the musicality of the moment by going to just one note and letting them hear it.
Nice, on the power of genre.