Innovation is not a “what,” but a “how.” It is the result of fusing the exploitation of past knowledge and experience with an exploration of that same knowledge in an attempt to open new possibility. In jazz, innovation implies a creative partnership between the “leadership” of the soloist and the “support” of the rhythm section. The rhythm section provides a foundation of support for the exploration of the soloist. The discoveries of the soloist expand and strengthen that foundation in a continual cycle of innovative growth. It is a process that delivers both support and safety and rejects stasis and complacency.