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Jules

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Lester Young, on being asked to come to a photo shoot at 10 in the morning "Madam, until I received your letter I was unaware there were two tens in any given day" :)
 

Jules

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Confucious he say, " never hit a man when he down, kick him, much easier"
Alright then, proper one.
"perfect practice makes perfect" :w00t:
Never criticize a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes- for then, when you do- you've got a mile head start and he's in bare feet!
Back on topic- there's the great quote about Learn everything, then forget it, then just play... can't remember it exactly but that's the gist.....
 

Pee Dee

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When I passed my PCV test the examiner said to me "congratulations, you have passed your test, now go and learn how to drive a coach".
I think you can all translate that to a quote relevant to this site.
 

visionari1

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Some music quotes from my collection,

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. Duke Ellington

"The beauty of jazz is that you're free to do just what you feel." -John Coltrane

Lester Young invented his own language, substituting imaginative imagery for common words. Some of Lester's words came into common use among musicians, like"gray" for a white person and "Oxford Gray " for a negro.
The police he called " Bob Crosbys " If something was a real drag, he called it a " von hangman " his most famous expression, " I feel a draft. " could mean that he detected racial discrimination, or that he felt bad since you wouldn't drink and smoke with him. Reefer he called "Ettuce". The bridge of a tune he called a " George Washington ". When he hit a new town and prez would go looking for an old girlfriend, he'd say he was going to see a "Wayback "
You had to know him for him to open up to you. Actually, he was very shy every way but musically. Prez didn't know chords, but he had an innate sense.
He had an ear that was just terrific. He would make an intro by himself and run some of the most intricate patterns. You would think that he knew the chords. And I would ask him, " Now do you know what chords you're playing?." He said, " No " he would just hear them. I could play any progression and he could play it right away, but he didn't know any chord.


The Notes I Handle no better than many pianists; But the pauses between the notes- Ah, That is where the Art resides!.
Arthur Schnabel.

I don't write music, I invent it.
Stravinsky.

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. Duke Ellington.

When an Art form is created, the question is,
How do you come to it? The Art of Picasso won't come to you, you have to go to it!.
And when you go to it, you get the benefit of it.
Winton Marsalis.

Where did you get your ideas?........
Idea's, oh I got a million dreams...
That's all I do is dream... all the time...
Duke Ellington.

Jazz Music is existence music, it doesn't take you out of the world, it puts you in the world, it makes you deal with it.....and that's it!
Winton Marsalis.


Cheers & Ciao

Jimu:mrcool
 

Luluna

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Jimu - fabulous post of quotes - :welldone

Saxman123 - great youTube link - another tenor sax favorite to add to my ever growing list - and I'm very partial to the tune Houston Person interprets so well. :sax:
 

Pjonah

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I like Lee Trevino's

On chipping a ball out of a bunker into the hole, a spectater shouted "what amazing luck" Trevino replied " yes the more I practice the luckier I become"
 

losaavedra

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Jimmy Witherspoon Live at Congdon's New York. Recorded 24/25 May 1990.

The following spoken over the mic by Jimmy during the intro bars of "Goin' to Chicago". The backing band (starting at the gallop!) take the hint and reduce the tempo by around 50% as he's speaking. Some nice tenor sax too on this album (Harold Ousley):

"I remember Ben Webster telling me something ... kick the tune off too fast an' ... he told me ... he said Spoon ... we'll get 'em next set ... he told me weren't but three tempos ... Slow ... Medium and Fast ... he said if you get in between the crevices you're in a world of trouble!"

Goin' to Chicago, sorry but I can't take you ...
etc.
 
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