Quotes by American Musician Steve Lacy

Bamboo is not a weed, it's a flowering plant. Bamboo is a magnificent plant. Steve Lacy

I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years, and the possibilities are astounding. It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination. Steve Lacy

I've performed solo for 20 years now, but I don't do much of it, because if you only play alone, you go crazy and out of tune and play foolish music. Steve Lacy

Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it. Steve Lacy

People don't want to suffer. They want to sound good immediately, and this is one of the biggest problems in the world. Steve Lacy

There is an awful lot of what I call recreational jazz going on, where people go out and learn a particular language or style and become real sharks on somebody else's language. Steve Lacy

When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research. There is an awful lot of imitation going on now. Steve Lacy

You have to sound sad first of all, then maybe later you can sound good. Steve Lacy

Before the work comes to you, you have to invent work. Steve Lacy
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Circumstances can be very important. Find the right people to work with. Steve Lacy

I fell in love with jazz when I was 12 years old from listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of jazz in New York on the radio. Steve Lacy
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I heard Sidney Bechet play a Duke Ellington piece and fell in love with the soprano saxophone. Steve Lacy
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I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz. Steve Lacy

I still love the whole history of jazz. The old things sound better than ever. Steve Lacy

I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed. Steve Lacy
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I wanted to be a pianist but it just wasn't my thing. I guess I wanted to stand up rather than sit down. Steve Lacy
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I was spoiled by Monk's music because it was so good, so complete. Steve Lacy

I've always been extremely lucky in playing with great people who knew much more than I did. That's how I got from there to here. Steve Lacy

If you have music you want to play that no one asks you to play, you have to go out and find where you can play it. It's called do or die. Steve Lacy
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If you listen to Louis Armstrong from 1929, you will never hear anything better than that really, and you will never hear anything more free than that. Steve Lacy

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