New York, USA. An accomplished and world-renowned flautist, Dicks work has straddled many different genres, from classical to blues and rock, but jazz is his favoured province. His induction into music and the instrument was revolutionised when he first heard the piccolo solo in the 50s pop hit Rockin Robin. However, he immediately felt restricted by the flutes single-note limitations in most symphony orchestra settings, and pledged that he would stretch the instruments possibilities. There was always a moment in my lessons when I learned a new note or two. One day we reached the new note moment and there was no new note; my teacher just went on. I said, Dont we have a new note? He said, No, you know all the notes. I said, Then dont we go to two notes? And he said, No, its just one note. As a result, he set about authoring his own fingering system and...