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I suspect that we might actually start selling some
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.
- Steven Wright

There is no rule more invariable than that
we are paid for our suspicions
by finding what we suspect.
- Henry David Thoreau

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
- Henry David Thoreau

I am a kind of paranoid in reverse.
I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
- J. D. Salinger

A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his
neighbor for what he sees in himself.
- Augustus Hare

Growth, in some curious way, I suspect,
depends on being always in motion just a little bit,
one way or another.
- Norman Mailer

The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Even while we busily attend meetings,
contribute money and perform our assigned tasks,
we suspect that we may be helping to create a force
that is inimical to many values we hold dear.
- Robert Shea

I suspect there have been a number of conspiracies
that never were described or leaked out.
But I suspect none of the magnitude and sweep of Watergate.
- Bob Woodward

I suspect any worries about genetic engineering may be unnecessary.
Genetic mutations have always happened naturally,
anyway.
- James Lovelock

I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect.
- Vaclav Havel

Next to the writer of real estate advertisements,
the autobiographer is the most suspect of prose artists.
- Donal Henahan

My own early experiences in war led me to suspect the value of discipline,
even in that sphere where it is so often regarded as
the first essential for success.
- Herbert Read

To speak about notation as the only way that you can
guarantee structure of course is already very suspect.
- Evan Parker

Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.
- Tacitus

Anyone who composes and conducts at the same time is immediately suspect,
because he must be faking one or the other.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was
built on government contract.
- Robert A. Heinlein

A woman of honor should never suspect another of things
she would not do herself.
- Marguerite de Valois

I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked
up in our unique imperfections,
flaws and frailties.
- Hugh Mackay

If people suspect their Cattle Bewitched,
if they be great Cattle, make the twelfth house their ascendant,
and the eleventh their twelfth house,
and vary your Rules with Judgment.
- William Lilly

I suspect that no community will become humane and
caring by restricting what its members can say.
- Derek Bok

Most of us, I suspect, prefer our teachers to be of the Nice Guy variety.
- Ken Wilber

I suspect that a lot of studio executives still think
of me as 'what's-his-name'.
- Chris Cooper

There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side.
- Vaclav Havel

There is something suspicious about music,
gentlemen.
I insist that she is, by her nature,
equivocal.
I shall not be going too far in saying at once that
she is politically suspect.
- Thomas Mann

If I were to make public these tapes,
containing blunt and candid remarks on many different subjects,
the confidentiality of the office of the president would always be suspect.
- Richard M. Nixon

I suspect that American workers have come to lack a work ethic.
They do not live by the sweat of their brow.
- Kiichi Miyazawa

A task becomes a duty from the moment you suspect it
to be an essential part of that integrity which alone
entitles a man to assume responsibility.
- Dag Hammarskjold

We suspect Dr. Clutterbuck's sense of hearing must be injured:
for him the 'ear trumpet' magnifies but distorts sound,
rendering it less distinct than before.
- Robert James Graves

We are not supposed to go out and kill all those we
suspect to have committed a crime.
- Bianca Jagger

Anything that is worth doing has been done frequently.
Things hitherto undone should be given,
I suspect, a wide berth.
- Max Beerbohm

When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of twenty-one,
little did I suspect that I should be at forty-nine,
what I now am.
- Sarah Orne Jewett

If you were the only suspect in a senseless bloodbath,
would you be standing the the horror section?
- Jamie Kennedy

It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it,
to fear and suspect the worst.
- Desiderius Erasmus

I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my
works to have a light joyousness of springtime which
never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
- Henri Matisse

I am opposed to any individual taxes until we eliminate
all of the unconstitutional agencies,
and I suspect we wouldn't need a tax after that.
- Michael Badnarik

Although technical discussions are interesting to composers,
I suspect that the truly magical and spiritual powers
of music arise from deeper levels of our psyche.
- George Crumb

I suspect people always thought I had a boyfriend,
so nobody came after me.
- Ziyi Zhang

To deny women directors, as I suspect is happening in the States,
is to deny the feminine vision.
- Jane Campion

I sometimes suspect that half our difficulties are
imaginary and that if we kept quiet about them they would disappear.
- Robert Lynd


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