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Keith Jarrett Quotes and Sayings

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Musicians are always gigging and never have a chance to stop for a minute.
- Keith Jarrett

Once we're inside a tune, we can do anything with it.
- Keith Jarrett

Jazz is there and gone.
It happens.
You have to be present for it.
That simple.
- Keith Jarrett

I don't like recording studios - except my own,
which is just a little room above the garage.
- Keith Jarrett

 

I'm not talking ideas, or even presentation.
It's like in politics: You have to sell something to
become an electric player -
like your skin or your heart.
- Keith Jarrett

I cannot say what I think is right about music.
I only know the rightness of it.
- Keith Jarrett

If you already have a piece of music ingrained in your body,
why would you not play it?
- Keith Jarrett

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When you're up against an electric band like that,
it's like you're on two separate planets.
- Keith Jarrett

We really never know what we're gonna play when we get on stage.
- Keith Jarrett

Those little nimble musicians of the air,
that warble forth their curious ditties,
with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
- Izaak Walton

I happen to think that computers are the most important
thing to happen to musicians since the invention of
cat-gut which was a long time ago.
- Robert Moog

The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
- Duke Ellington

I am constantly being told that I have been a big influence for many people,
including other musicians.
- Joan Armatrading

We're not spokespeople, we're musicians.
- Ed O'Brien

Even though I have often recorded alone,
I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.
- John Fogerty

I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life.
- Kenneth Rexroth

If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians
to keep moving and changing,
to keep spiritually hungry and horny,
that's what it's all about.
- Carlos Santana

The world is full of musicians who can play great,
and you wouldn't cross the road to see them.
It's people who have this indefinable attitude that are the good ones.
- Nick Lowe

The musicians I respected were much older than me.
I expected them to cut my head, and they did.
- Wynton Marsalis

I write bars, for the musicians, because they have to be together.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

As musicians, and as people who sell material for people to hear and absorb,
it's important that we use that voice wisely.
- Roberta Flack

The people in Japan know more about the history of
jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do.
- Billy Higgins

Both of my parents were musicians.
- Bryan White

Um, musicians are funnier you know, than actors on the whole.
- Tim Curry

It's my fault in many cases because I don't initiate
the contact to talk with a lot of other musicians.
- Frank Morgan

There is an apprenticeship system in jazz.
You teach the young ones.
So even if the musicians weren't personally that likable,
they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians.
- Dave Van Ronk

I think that my past stands me in good stead in that
it does have a certain strength for musicians.
- John Sebastian

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

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking
themselves to death and not really being able to get
any work and working in small,
funky jazz clubs.
- Sonny Rollins

Every musical movement that is big enough has to produce
some good musicians who wouldn't have had the incentive
to start playing without it.
- Alexis Korner

The musicians recommend that I sing a sing the way
it is written the first time and then start to look
for other notes that aren't in the melody.
- Margaret Whiting

When it comes to musicians, I'm like the daddy of musicians here in Cuba.
- Compay Segundo

Today jazz is still very much alive.
Everywhere I go there's a new generation of musicians.
- Toots Thielemans

I'd seen musicians act, and it scares me.
And they make more money than me.
- Tim Roth

A lot of people think that punk rock musicians don't know what they're doing.
- Travis Barker

I did a concert...
in September with the Berlin Philharmonic...
They're great musicians, and there's always something to learn from them.
- Cecilia Bartoli

Everything I do is collaborative.
It's just my way.
I'm really very interested in how the other musicians perceive the song.
- Cassandra Wilson

You can never rely on musicians.
I quit high school at one point to make a go of it
with this band and we kept breaking up.
So I went back to school.
- David James Elliott

Regardless of who originally made it popular,
any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and
imagination of other musicians and performers.
- Les Baxter

Working with Benny was important for me and for black musicians in general.
- Lionel Hampton

I came together with younger musicians and tried to
pass on my own experiences.
In the process, I always tried to maintain my curiosity and spontaneity.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Musicians now find themselves in the unlikely position of being legitimate.
At least the IRS thinks so.
- Billy Joel

Since music has never had a Rembrandt,
we have remained nothing more than musicians.
- Morton Feldman

Success breeds volume, and it's just amazing how many young writers,
artists, and musicians there are in town.
- Steven Curtis Chapman

Even my family laughed at me because they thought this
young guy who's always stuttering in front of other
people should be in front of 100 musicians and talk
to them and leading them.
- Kurt Masur

When we started making electronic music I imagined
that the reaction we got from the rock musicians must
have been similar to the one the beat groups got from people like my dad.
- Trevor Horn

Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.
- Louis Armstrong

Of course, there are many, many musicians whose music gives me pleasure,
but until I make contact with them, musically or personally,
I never assume that anything wonderful will happen.
- Hugh Hopper

At the risk of sounding hopelessly romantic,
love is the key element.
I really love to play with different musicians who
come from different cultural backgrounds.
- John McLaughlin

When we came into the studio I became more and more me,
making the tracks and choosing the musicians,
partly because a great deal of the time during Bridge,
Artie wasn't there.
- Paul Simon

The Doors were never that good as musicians.
- Ray Manzarek

Gifted women musicians and composers rarely received their due.
- James Cook

We're not getting paid.
We have these great musicians with us and it gives us a real charge.
And the audience gives us a charge, because they keep
it interesting all the time.
- Tina Weymouth

You can read all the textbooks and listen to all the records,
but you have to play with musicians that are better than you.
- Stan Getz

After the war, once the bop revolution had taken hold,
there were all kinds of young musicians,
talented young musicians, who were ready for this fusion of classical and jazz.
- Gunther Schuller

There's a lot of good musicians who are unheard of.
Get it down before they pass away.
- Brownie McGhee

And I'm always interested when other musicians are
trying to discover new worlds of sound.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

People want to see musicians sing things that come
from their own mind and own heart in real time,
responding to the moment for them.
- John Mayer

You know, musicians aren't very stable,
in case you hadn't noticed.
- Josh Silver

What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions,
the worst in cultural prejudice.
The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.
- Maxim Gorky

Because my musical training has been limited,
I've never been restricted by what technical musicians might call a song.
- Neil Diamond

Like family, we are tied to each other.
This is what all good musicians understand.
- Billy Joel

I don't like that, because there are a lot of people
whose works I admire as actors or actresses,
or musicians.
And you know, I've been a big fan of different musicians or actors.
- Laura Bush

We're all players and musicians and we sure all get along good.
We just clicked right off the bat.
We started playing and then we almost immediately started recording.
- Krist Novoselic

When you keep the caliber of musicians very high in the band,
people are going to come and go.
Some of them will be people who have to try various things,
it's natural.
- Kathy Mattea

You should play with real musicians;
the best music comes from real people interacting with each other.
- John Fogerty

Why do musicians give so much time to charitable causes?
The most humanitarian cause that we can give our time
to is the creation and performance of music itself.
- Billy Joel

My older brother and myself always played together in bands,
but we never knew we would be professional musicians.
- Wynton Marsalis

The shows are so different from each other,
depending on whether I play with my band,
Nine Stories, other musicians, an orchestra,
only one or two members of my band.
- Lisa Loeb

I feel really different from other musicians.
- Mary Timony

There's no difference in a lot of people's minds between
good musicians and popular musicians.
- Dweezil Zappa


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