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The lion's share of what I hear right now are people who,
by Branford Marsalis

The lion's share of what I hear right now are people who,
intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960.
And all the musicians who were successful in the '60s
spent their entire lives,
prior to 1960, listening to all the musicians these people avoid.
- Branford Marsalis

It's hard to get into Newsweek because,
as more of our former intellectual magazines take on a pop focus,
if there's no buzz, there's no interest.
- Branford Marsalis

I gave up my base in popular culture when I left the Tonight Show.
- Branford Marsalis

I like to make records sound good.
I'm more like a reducer than a producer.
If an artist cannot produce themselves,
what's the point?
- Branford Marsalis

 

I think that if you keep banging at the door all you
need is a little foothold,
a little tiny foothold, and then the rest will take care of itself.
- Branford Marsalis

There's not one Tin Pan Alley song on my record.
- Branford Marsalis

What is jazz? It, It's almost like asking,
What is French? Jazz is a musical language.
It's a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.
- Branford Marsalis

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I think that one of the problems that jazz has is that
it's so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself.
- Branford Marsalis

That's kind of like how jazz is sometimes.
You're out there predicting the future,
and no one believes you.
- Branford Marsalis

One of the things that's clear to me from interviews
that I've read is that the more popular successful
jazz musicians had audiences above and beyond the music community.
- Branford Marsalis

You hear it in your brain.
Whatever makes sense.
Some songs work well as quartet songs,
sometimes they don't.
- Branford Marsalis

Jazz fans love Miles and I love him for a myriad of reasons,
but the overviews are always too simplistic.
- Branford Marsalis

Coltrane came to New Orleans one day and he was talking about the jazz scene.
And Coltrane mentions that the problem with jazz was
that there were too few groups.
- Branford Marsalis

It's something that jazz has gotten away from,
and it's unfortunate.
Players aren't physical anymore.
- Branford Marsalis

If I were like a lot of other people,
then it wouldn't be fun; but since I'm like me,
it's okay.
- Branford Marsalis

If it's not going to sound like Terrapin Station,
what's the point of playing Terrapin Station?
- Branford Marsalis

I'm not going to play funk licks on a jazz album.
That makes no sense.
- Branford Marsalis

Pop doesn't really look back.
It can't.
What makes pop work is simplicity.
- Branford Marsalis

My dad was a musician, it was just what he did,
like another guy's dad drives a meat truck.
Our house was normal.
We weren't taken with the fact our dad was a musician.
- Branford Marsalis

When you're dealing with music without words,
titles are more a means of identification than anything else.
What's the point of getting lofty?
- Branford Marsalis

A lot of musicians have a tough time hearing what we're doing in a trio format.
- Branford Marsalis

Humans are imperfect.
That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble.
We're on the quest for the perfect performance and
every note has to be right.
Man, every note is not right in life.
- Branford Marsalis

If you listen to a lot of the songs that are popular now,
there's very little melody in there.
People love the beat.
But to musicians, it's melody, because we understand
how elusive it is and how hard it is to hold.
- Branford Marsalis

We played it as long as we could play it on that CD
and I think it might be 50 minutes,
maybe.
What you have to do is play a couple of songs and then
get off the stage because everything that trails it sounds stupid.
- Branford Marsalis

One of the things that I loved about listening to Miles
Davis is that Miles always had an instinct for which
musicians were great for what situations.
He could always pick a band, and that was the thing
that separated him from everybody else.
- Branford Marsalis

The piano is the X factor.
People have a tough time following the structures when there's no piano there,
spelling it out.
It makes it more easily understood, particularly to
people who don't know as much about music.
- Branford Marsalis

The whole point is, give me a break with the standards.
You go to the average jazz label and suggest a record
and they want to know which standards you're going to play.
I'm saying let's break the formula.
- Branford Marsalis

The biggest problem with American music right now,
is that kids don't listen.
They come by it honestly, Americans don't listen anyway.
When people go to concerts, they say I'm going to see...
not, I'm going to hear.
- Branford Marsalis

I suspect that we might actually start selling some
records with these artists in about 10 years.
Some the people who invested, they're a little tight-because
it's a lot of money to start up a company.
- Branford Marsalis

There's a certain kind of motion and pacing that our music has,
and this just doesn't have that.
We just kind of rushed to the conclusion of most of the songs.
I just would've preferred to done them over.
- Branford Marsalis

If you're going to use standards as criteria for signing musicians,
you can sign thousands.
If you're going to use some sort of conceptual interpretation
that's based on the tradition of those standards,
but is trying to move away from it, you're down to about 10 people or so.
- Branford Marsalis

Oh yes, the past can hurt.
But, you can either run from it or, learn from it.
- the movie The Lion King

We are all connected in the great Circle of Life.
- the movie The Lion King

The unpredictable and irregular happenings
of life's cycles are an inherent part of their nature.
There are droughts and heat waves, injuries occur.
The lion eats the zebra -
one is nourished, one dies - neither failed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The lion and the calf shall lie down together,
but the calf won't get much sleep.
- Woody Allen

Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs,
and patronizes human beings.
- Oliver Herford

Vegetarians are cool.
All I eat are vegetarians - except for the occasional mountain lion steak.
- Ted Nugent

Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion
now will foreign foes assail.
- John Dryden

You may as well say, 'That's a valiant flea that dare
eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I have this huge lion tattoo embossed on my arm.
I was a little worried as to how we would cover it up.
But my makeup man covered the tattoo with makeup.
It took close to two hours.
- Sanjay Dutt

My first recording, a guy came down to Philadelphia
and heard me play and he introduced me to Alfred Lion.
- Jimmy Smith

A truly strong person does not need the approval of
others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.
- Vernon Howard

The lion is, however, rarely heard -
much more seldom seen.
- John H. Speke

Don't ask who's influenced me.
A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested,
and I've been reading all my life.
- Giorgos Seferis

When many work together for a goal, Great things may be accomplished.
It is said a lion cub was killed By a single colony of ants.
- Saskya Pandita

There are no lazy veteran lion hunters.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

The Lion King always makes me cry, especially when
Simba's father gets trampled.
- Vanessa Hudgens

Don't ask me who's influenced me.
A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested,
and I've been reading all my life.
- Charles de Gaulle

I never use a score when conducting my orchestra.
Does a lion tamer enter a cage with a book on how to tame a lion?
- Dimitri Mitropoulos

I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse,
but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.
- John Steinbeck

If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep,
than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
- Daniel Defoe

After The Wizard Of Oz I was typecast as a lion,
and there aren't all that many parts for lions.
- Bert Lahr

When I was thinking about The Lion King,
I said, we have to do what theater does best.
What theater does best is to be abstract and not to do literal reality.
- Julie Taymor

We are all vegetarians here, and except for a mountain
lion that's been hanging around and killed our dog,
we don't have a care in the world.
- Dirk Benedict

For us in Russia communism is a dead dog.
For many people in the West, it is still a living lion.
- Alexander Solzehnitsyn

Every dog is a lion at home.
- H. G. Bohn

The one excellent thing that can be learned from a
lion is that whatever a man intends doing should be
done by him with a whole-hearted and strenuous effort.
- Chanakya

Yep, I'll stay a Brisbane Lion, you've heard it first.
- Jonathan Brown

At a certain point, even if the one alpha male is dominant,
at a certain point there's a younger lion that is stronger,
and everyone knows it.
- Josh Lucas

It is all right for the lion and the lamb to lie down
together if they are both asleep,
but if one of them begins to get active,
it is dangerous.
- Crystal Eastman

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep;
I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
- Alexander the Great

Whenever the lion fish in the fish tank in the captain's
ready room died it was always a sad moment.
- Patrick Stewart

At 20 a man is a peacock, at 30 a lion,
at 40 a camel, at 50 a serpent, at 60 a dog,
at 70 an ape, and at 80 nothing.
- Baltasar Gracian

An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery.
- Walter Winchell

It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe
that had the lion's heart.
I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.
- Winston Churchill

It's an incredibly difficult thing to bring a giraffe down.
They can kill a lion with a single blow from their feet.
- Joanna Lumley

It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
- Elizabeth Kenny

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb,
and the rose grow without thorn.
- Martin Amis

Courage is poorly housed that dwells in numbers;
the lion never counts the herd that are about him,
nor weighs how many flocks he has to scatter.
- Aaron Hill

Well, you know, I played Mufasa in the workshop of The Lion King.
- Keith David


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