A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music. He understands how things go together. For a chef, once you have that basis, that's when cuisine is truly exciting.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people.
Jazz is the big brother of Revolution. Revolution follows it around.
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
My music is the spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being.
My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being...When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups...I want to speak to their souls.
I never practice my guitar. From time to time I just open the case & throw in a piece of raw meat.
Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.
Jazz music is the power of now.
If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn.
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom.
Life is a lot like jazz. It's best when you improvise.
In classical music, love is based on bitin' -- imitation. It's not based on interpretation. A jazz musician, if he plays someone else's song, has a responsibility to make a distinct and original statement.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
Women and rhythm-section first!?
It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
Never play anything the same way twice.
"If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying."
There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Man, there's no boundary line to art!
By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
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