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Branford Marsalis Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

Believe me, my children have more stamina than a power station.
- Robbie Coltrane

John Coltrane - I've been listening to the 'Trane again.
It blows you away, because I know more now and I hear
more now and I had a life that I've lived!
- Alan Vega

I wanted to make somebody feel like Coltrane made me feel,
listening to it.
- Wynton Marsalis

Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools
module to do but with a group of jazz musicians.
- Colin Greenwood

Coltrane was moving out of jazz into something else.
And certainly Miles Davis was doing the same thing.
- Jan Garbarek

Out of Coltrane's whole history, there are things which
I think are great from all the periods.
- Lee Konitz

I hear many extra-musical things somehow in Coltrane.
- Lee Konitz

Lately, I've been listening to some jazz albums.
I love the new Pat Metheny album.
John Coltrane.
I still like good metal, though!
- Geezer Butler

If you try to have a fashion show with Bach fugues and John Coltrane,
it doesn't really work.
- Isaac Mizrahi

When somebody turned me on to a Coltrane record around seventh grade,
I took up saxophone.
- Tom Verlaine

Motion Picture Soundtrack on Kid A was another Coltrane inspiration.
- Colin Greenwood

When Coltrane died, a void appeared in this music that has not been filled yet.
He maintained a forward motion in his work and did not look back.
- Bill Dixon

I knew it was going to be enormous because of the number
of people who bought the books,
but, to be honest, I never thought it would be bigger than Bond.
Never in a million years.
- Robbie Coltrane

I just get the same stuff as I did before,
but the price tag is much higher.
- Robbie Coltrane

Is it just me, or is the world full of beautiful women?
- Robbie Coltrane

You can play a shoestring if you're sincere.
- John Coltrane

And I think he's been very keen to do that.
- Robbie Coltrane

Why is it trivia? People call it trivia because they
know nothing and they are embarrassed about it.
- Robbie Coltrane

I mean, I'm obviously not one of those people who's
so beautiful women take their clothes off when I walk into the room.
I didn't become a star overnight.
- Robbie Coltrane

Crows are incredibly smart.
They can be taught five things on the drop.
- Robbie Coltrane

I've signed on for four movies, and I'll do four.
That's easy.
No complications there.
- Robbie Coltrane

I love films where the world seems to be going a bit
faster and everything's a bit brighter and more in focus.
- Robbie Coltrane

All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature,
and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.
- John Coltrane

I think the shocking thing to discover is the owls
are not stupid and very feral,
very hard to train.
- Robbie Coltrane

When you are new to the business, you think if you
give a really bad performance,
that's one they will print.
You will be judged.
You just have to be brave.
- Robbie Coltrane

See, what you're meant to do when you have a mid-life
crisis is buy a fast car,
aren't you? Well, I've always had fast cars.
It's not that.
It's the fear that you're past your best.
It's the fear that the stuff you've done in the past is your best work.
- Robbie Coltrane

I've got two young kids.
I don't know what the future holds.
- Robbie Coltrane

I sometimes worry that all the beautiful things have been made.
- Robbie Coltrane

What you do is get the right director and the right
screenwriter and the right cast.
It's a fantastic job.
- Robbie Coltrane

In America, for a brief time, people who followed Coltrane
were studied and considered important,
but it didn't last long.
The result is that the kind of music I played in the
'60's is completely dismissed in this country as a wrong turn,
a suicidal effort.
- Archie Shepp

The backgrounds in Lord of the Rings are all explained.
- Robbie Coltrane

My dad? He died when I was 19, which is a bad time for your dad to die,
because there's an awful lot of things you have to
resolve with your parents past your teens if you've
been a difficult teenager.
- Robbie Coltrane

I had a very bad time with acid.
I did that classic thing of looking in the mirror by
mistake and seeing the devil.
But I took it several times, because you always think
that next time you might have the wonderful time that everyone else is having.
- Robbie Coltrane

Ninety percent of people's nightmares is standing in front of 1,000 people.
Did you know that? And having to speak.
You would have thought it would have been a madman
tying you up and taking your eyes out.
- Robbie Coltrane

I think I was first awakened to musical exploration
by Dizzy Gillespie and Bird.
It was through their work that I began to learn about
musical structures and the more theoretical aspects of music.
- John Coltrane

It was quite instant that he wanted Harry's approval.
Did you notice that? And the children sort of rescued him this time.
It's a great turnabout.
That's what happens as your children get older.
They do things for you, and it's quite shocking when they do.
- Robbie Coltrane

That's the trouble with anything which essentially
has a lot of bits that are physically impossible:
You're left,
stuck, in the studio.
And that's a shame.
You're making a movie.
You don't want it to stay put, you want it to be a movie -
to move.
- Robbie Coltrane

I've already felt that I want to direct.
Being an executive producer is like the best job in
the world because you make all these executive decisions
and then you leave the money to other people.
You don't have to be on set and counting beans.
- Robbie Coltrane

The person who comes up to you and makes the most noise
and is the most intrusive is invariably the person
in the room who has no respect for you at all,
and it's really all about them.
- Robbie Coltrane

It's hell with that big beard and stuff.
That's the one bit I don't like.
Either you take out at lunch or you don't eat.
So I opted not to eat, 'cause having to put it on twice is horrific.
- Robbie Coltrane


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