"They've heard me"

Asked why he played relatively short solos and did not solo on every number in a series of performances [……] Steve Lacy replied:
"See, they've heard me. I mean, you mustn't bore the band. If you want to keep a band, you mustn't bore them. You've got to pay them well, you've got to give them good material to play with, you have to turn them on, and you mustn't bore them... And Monk was exemplary, that's for sure"
"A Unique Chunk of Jazz Reality: Authorship, Musical Work Concepts, and Thelonious Monk's Live Recordings from the Five Spot, 1958”
Gabriel Solis. (Ethnomusicology, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Fall, 2004), pp. 315-347)