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Max Roach Quotes and Sayings

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Jazz is a very democratic musical form.
It comes out of a communal experience.
We take our respective instruments and collectively
create a thing of beauty.
- Max Roach

The people who really got me off were dealing with
the musical potential of the Instrument.
- Max Roach

I didn't even apply.
There was no warning.
- Max Roach

It was the early days of Rock 'n' Roll in this country.
We were all struggling to learn music,
it might be Country, Jazz, Classical,
Blues or even Rock 'n' Roll.
- Jim Sullivan

 

We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs.
We write them together; we just get in a room,
or on occasion in Flea's garage.
We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians.
- Chad Smith

They always say that jazz doesn't sell,
but it's a lie, because it does sell,
and it sells consistently year in and year out.
- Lester Bowie

If it comes out sounding like Dixieland jazz or classical
or punk or rock or even slightly metal,
that's because that's where I'm going to find inspiration.
- Ben Harper

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

Jazz was uplifted by what I did.
- Norman Granz

There are singers that I have enjoyed,
from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward.
But the music that made music the number one thing
for me as a youth was jazz.
- Robert Wyatt

If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.
- Lou Reed

I played Big Band jazz music.
I wasn't into rock and roll.
I was just there because it was a living.
I surprised everyone.
I'm still surprising people.
- Bobby Vinton

It's sort of what jazz would be if it stopped being
snobby and what rock would be if it stopped being stupid.
- Andy Partridge

I just try to do as good job with the material as I
can and play some jazz as well,
some improvised music, and do that every night.
Just see where it goes.
- Mose Allison

Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz.
- Thelonious Monk

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.
- Nat King Cole

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

I was exposed to jazz early on.
- Mark White

Many fail to realize this great recording industry
was built by so-called jazz artists.
And at the other end of the spectrum,
a base in European classical music as well.
- Ahmad Jamal

Writing is like jazz.
It can be learned, but it can't be taught.
- Paul Desmond

I missed jazz, kind of.
And by the time I came to it in life,
it was too intimidating to enjoy thoroughly.
- Warren Zevon

I have a bachelor's and a master's in jazz.
- Jon Secada

Jazz is not the kind of music you are going to learn
to play in three or four years or that you can just
get because you have some talent for music.
- Wynton Marsalis

The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot
happenin' in New York at that time.
- Mose Allison

I didn't plan on rock-n-roll.
I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know some people doing rock-n-roll with jazz,
and I thought I could make some money playing music.
- Robby Krieger

It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe
that the jazz rhythm expresses America.
Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.
- Isadora Duncan

The day of the great jazz improviser who doesn't know
how to read music is over.
- Maynard Ferguson

The way that I got involved with microtonal music was,
frankly, through jazz.
- John Eaton

Possibly, I should have been a jazz singer from the beginning.
- Rita Coolidge

I've always loved jazz.
- Rita Coolidge

I don't like freedom jazz - I think it's void of roots and void of foundation.
- George Shearing

I also like Western classical music and jazz.
- Nusrat F. A. Khan

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

I took several years of dance lessons that included ballet,
tap and jazz.
They helped a great deal with body control,
balance, a sense of rhythm, and timing.
- Lynn Swann

Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America.
- Ken Burns

Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from
1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz.
- Dave Van Ronk

If you play the very subtle jazz tunes with acoustic pianos,
acoustic bass and it's a dead standard,
you are going to play very differently.
It depends on the music.
- Lee Ritenour

I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won't do a thing for me,
if he's not playing electrically.
But Jeff Beck's great to listen to.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Everything we did, we did live - and then Bobby took
it home and chopped it up and edited it.
Which is pretty much what they did with every jazz
record you've ever heard.
- Charlie Hunter

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

I think jazz is good, but I don't enjoy it.
It's not for me.
- Ted Rall

It seems that jazz is more cerebral and more mathematical in a sense.
- Rita Coolidge

And I played in jazz band as well during all three years in school.
- Travis Barker

In my view a jazz musician is a great musician.
- Michael Parkinson

The first thing is, jazz is one of the few things to
let you know that there is a God and there is a creation.
- Billy Higgins

Some people say there was no jazz tenor before me.
All I know is I just had a way of playing and I didn't
think in terms of any other instrument but the tenor.
- Coleman Hawkins

There's the tradition in jazz of having the Battle of the Bands,
and you do not want to get your head cut when you're playing.
- Wynton Marsalis

I hate Stanley Clark, but I have to admit he's playing
Jazz whether I like it or not.
- Lester Bangs

I love music, I love all kinds of music,
particularly jazz.
Jazz is an extension of America.
There's no other country in the world that could have produced jazz.
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.

I was really small when jazz broke through in England
and I can still remember sneaking off to the living
room to listen to it on the radio -
much to my parent's disapproval.
- Jeff Beck

What makes my approach special is that I do different things.
I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth.
I do them all, like a good utility man.
- Ray Charles

Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through
their feet instead of their brains.
- John Philip Sousa

I think more than writers, the major influences on
me have been European movies,
jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.
- Don DeLillo

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are:
melodic improvisation,
melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.
- Mose Allison

Jazz has an audience all around the globe and has had for many decades,
I think speaking of the United States,
let's say that what we need is more of an official recognition.
- Sonny Rollins

I still play jazz, and I've always got that trumpet very handy,
but I'm coming to feel the classical venues are where my main focus is,
in the realm of symphonic pops.
- Doc Severinsen

I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when
the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.
- Chuck Mangione

I think I was supposed to play jazz.
- Herbie Hancock

I'm not a big jazz fan.
- Warren Zevon

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is,
does the man project and does he have ideas.
- Miles Davis

If he's a true symphony artist, he knows better than
that because he knows that the only truly creative
musician is the jazz musician.
- Buddy Rich

It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did,
because it was a way that I could express myself.
- Herbie Hancock

I listen to a mixture of old jazz, contemporary,
pop, some world beat stuff and various odds and ends.
- Walter Becker

I was totally into jazz in my teens.
- Andy Summers

A jazz beat is a dynamic changing rhythm.
- Ken Burns

Jazz music is to be played sweet, soft,
plenty rhythm.
- Jelly Roll Morton

I don't know if I have enough guts to do a whole standard jazz record.
- Gary Cherone

My first guitar, a Fender Jazz Master,
I traded it in for a Les Paul Deluxe.
- Lenny Kravitz

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

Blues and jazz pulled me away from what was left of my family.
- Alexis Korner

I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz.
- Steve Lacy


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