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Pat Metheny Quotes and Sayings

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Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments.
It is much more poetic than that.
- Pat Metheny

Whatever my recorded output is, it's a reflection of a general love of music.
- Pat Metheny

People sometimes say it takes a long time to become a jazz fan,
but for me it took about five seconds.
- Pat Metheny

I don't worry too much about the fundamentalist principles
that are in almost any discussion about jazz.
- Pat Metheny

 

I was able to work with the best musicians in Kansas
City starting when I was really young.
- Pat Metheny

I was deep in the zone of practicing almost constantly.
- Pat Metheny

Listening is the key to everything good in music.
- Pat Metheny

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I think I have a basic sound aesthetic that is in most of what I do.
- Pat Metheny

The beauty of jazz is that it's malleable.
People are addressing it to suit their own personalities.
- Pat Metheny

I hate the way chorus boxes sound.
- Pat Metheny

I think I represent a more left-wing view of what jazz is.
- Pat Metheny

From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture,
thanks mostly to the Beatles.
- Pat Metheny

It's more about conception and touch and spirit and
soul than whether my hardware was in place.
- Pat Metheny

The first thing I learned was the theme from Peter Gunn.
- Pat Metheny

I realized that equipment really had little to do with
why I sound like the way I sound.
- Pat Metheny

My older brother Mike is an excellent trumpet player.
By the time he was 12, he was playing around Kansas
City in classical situations.
He was already an amazing talent.
- Pat Metheny

I saw A Hard Day's Night 12 or 13 times.
- Pat Metheny

I don't know if I would qualify as mainstream.
I think I have managed to function pretty successfully
on the fringes of the music world and have been able
to play exactly what I have wanted the way I have wanted.
- Pat Metheny

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- Henri Matisse

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

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

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

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

I'm concerned with trend.
I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now.
- Norman Granz

The French - they like jazz, they've been on jazz a long time.
- Billy Higgins

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

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

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

There are editing procedures for talks just as there
are editing procedures in jazz improvisation.
- David Antin

Here in England we live at a slower pace,
have more time to enjoy things - like good jazz.
- Chris Barber

Lately I've been listening to some classical music again,
some jazz.
- Alan Vega

Bill Evans is a real serious jazz pianist who,
in my book, crossed over boundaries in terms of color.
He used the piano as his canvas.
- Roberta Flack

The stories from 1975 on are not finished and there is no resolve.
I could spend 50 hours on the last 25 years of jazz
and still not do it justice.
- Ken Burns

When I was doing jazz concerts in America,
I would use the biggest names I could find.
- Norman Granz

It's not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.
- Herbie Hancock

Life is a lot like jazz...
it's best when you improvise.
- George Gershwin

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

I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them,
make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz,
and paint colors for those who see none.
- Olivier Messiaen

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

A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music.
He understands how things go together.
For a chef, once you have that basis,
that's when cuisine is truly exciting.
- Charlie Trotter

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

Eclecticism is the word.
Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out
of the styles around him,
I play by ear.
- Ralph Ellison

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

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

The whole rise of new adult contemporary music and
smooth jazz was a nice surprise.
- Kenny G

Jazz is the music of the body.
- Anais Nin

I progressed through so many different styles of music through my teen years,
both as a player and a vocalist, particularly the jazz
and pop of the early 20th Century.
- Jeff Healey

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

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 is an awful lot of what I call recreational jazz going on,
where people go out and learn a particular language
or style and become real sharks on somebody else's language.
- Steve Lacy

I stayed with them for about a year up there and,
at night, worked over in Long Island at a club called
The High Hat Club which was like a pseudo jazz / blues place.
- William Bell

Rock and roll mainly but I can play passable jazz also.
- Suzi Quatro

As a kid, I used to go see all the jazz players,
Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck,
Dizzy Gillespe.
- Jim Coleman

The economic picture in the States today doesn't allow
for jazz concerts in a tour fashion.
People now are too used to the Festival,
which gives them more names for the same price.
- Norman Granz

The history of all big jazz bands shows was,
first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.
- Norman Granz

Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm.
Like with jazz.
You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it.
And the riffs are about timing.
- Kathy Acker

Jazz radio is not very friendly to pop singers who
decide to make a jazz record.
But a lot of people have been.
A lot of the people I've talked to like the record.
- Rita Coolidge

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

I've always wanted to record a jazz record.
I did one in the '70s with Barbara Carroll.
It's been a journey.
- Rita Coolidge

After I exhausted the blues thing, I got into jazz.
- Robert Quine

It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way,
rather than a band way.
- Gerry Mulligan

I think what we need is a more welcoming mode from
the people who put on a hundred million country-western shows on television.
How about a monthly jazz show?
- Sonny Rollins

My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play
the piano so I could play jazz tunes.
I wish I had learned but I was too busy getting into trouble!
- Etta James

The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it,
also soaking up jazz.
- Norman Granz

To most jazz critics I was basically Kenny G. - Herbie Mann

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar,
as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues.
All of it.
I did the same thing with my voice.
- Boz Scaggs

I like a lot of electronica.
I like older jazz rather than newer.
- Greg Ginn

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

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

I was exposed to jazz early on.
- Mark White

There's a certain phraseology involved in jazz,
and I've moved away from that.
- Jan Garbarek


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