Hipness is not a state of mind, It's a fact of life!
You don't decide you're hip. It just happens that way.
Understanding is the least important thing when it comes to digging jazzbecause, like anything else, jazz is a form of entertainment. It is created to be enjoyed, not understood like you read a blueprint.
There's no future without the past and anybody who doesn't really understand where jazz has come from has no right to try to direct where it's going.
I keep reverting (to Duke Ellington), he to me is the greatest ever and my favorite jazz philosopher, as such.
A young tenor player was complaining to me that Coleman Hawkins made him nervous. Man, I told him Hawkins was supposed to make him nervous! Hawkins has been making other sax players nervous for forty years!
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