1. 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.

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  2. I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz.

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  3. I was spoiled by Monk's music because it was so good, so complete.

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  4. 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.

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  5. Jazz is people's music, a collectivity.

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  6. Register is very important. Music sounds best in a certain register.

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  7. Saxophone is one thing, and music is another.

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  8. The saxophone is a very interesting machine, but I'm more interested in music.

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  9. When I first started playing music in 1955, there was just a small body of people that knew it. It was a very esoteric type of thing.

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  10. When I found the music of Monk I finally found music that fit that horn. Every one of his tunes fit it perfectly.

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  11. You must have the music to justify an instrument's extensive use.

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