One of the reasons I believe in jazz is that the oneness of man can come through the rhythm of your heart. It’s the same anyplace in the world, that heartbeat. It’s the first thing you hear when you’re born — or before you’re born — and it’s the last thing you hear.
There's a way of playing safe, there's a way of using tricks and there's the way I like to play which is dangerously where you're going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven't created before.
Damn it, when I'm bombastic, I have my reasons. I want to be bombastic-take it or leave it.
Kinship doesn't come from skin color. It's in your soul and your mind.
Jazz is about the only form of art existing today in which there is freedom of the individual without the loss of group contact.
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