A genius is the one most like himself.
I don't have a definition of Jazz. You're just supposed to know it when you hear it.
A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.
Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean you don't have to keep time.
Jazz is my adventure. I'm after new chords, new ways of syncopating, new figures, new runs. How to use notes differently. That's it. Just using notes differently.
Jazz is freedom. You think about that.
When I was a kid, some of the guys would try to get me to hate white people for what they've been doing to Negroes, and for a while I tried real hard. But every time I got to hating them, some white guy would come along and mess the whole thing up.
Trying to explain music is like trying to dance architecture.
The loudest noise in the world is silence.
I say, play your own way. Don't play what the public want - you play what you want and let the public pick up on what you doing - even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.
Last Update: 24 June 2021
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