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Steve Lacy Quotes and Sayings

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Register is very important.
Music sounds best in a certain register.
- Steve Lacy

You must have the music to justify an instrument's extensive use.
- Steve Lacy

I've always been extremely lucky in playing with great
people who knew much more than I did.
That's how I got from there to here.
- Steve Lacy

I wanted to be a pianist but it just wasn't my thing.
I guess I wanted to stand up rather than sit down.
- Steve Lacy

 

The saxophone is a very interesting machine,
but I'm more interested in music.
- Steve Lacy

If you listen to Louis Armstrong from 1929,
you will never hear anything better than that really,
and you will never hear anything more free than that.
- Steve Lacy

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

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Kenny G, I have to be grateful to him for proving that
the instrument can be played all different kinds of ways.
- Steve Lacy

The potential for the saxophone is unlimited.
- Steve Lacy

People don't want to suffer.
They want to sound good immediately,
and this is one of the biggest problems in the world.
- Steve Lacy

Before the work comes to you, you have to invent work.
- Steve Lacy

When I first started playing music in 1955,
there was just a small body of people that knew it.
It was a very esoteric type of thing.
- Steve Lacy

Jazz is people's music, a collectivity.
- Steve Lacy

When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research.
There is an awful lot of imitation going on now.
- Steve Lacy

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

Jazz is like wine.
When it is new, it is only for the experts,
but when it gets older, everybody wants it.
- Steve Lacy

I've performed solo for 20 years now,
but I don't do much of it, because if you only play alone,
you go crazy and out of tune and play foolish music.
- Steve Lacy

Nobody was playing the soprano saxophone and certainly
nobody was trying to do anything with it.
So I was all alone.
I didn't know that at first.
- Steve Lacy

You have to sound sad first of all, then maybe later you can sound good.
- Steve Lacy

The more original something is, the more of a threat
it seems until the people catch up with it.
That happened with Thelonious Monk.
It happened with anybody who is really original.
- Steve Lacy

Some people really want to play Mozart and be just performers.
I was more interested in invention.
- Steve Lacy

What I learned with Cecil Taylor was strategy and survival
and how to resist temptations and resist getting discouraged.
- Steve Lacy

They call me before they go into production,
when they have a prototype, and they call legitimate saxophonists,
too.
As opposed to the other kind.
- Steve Lacy

The soprano has all those other instruments in it.
It's got the soprano song voice, flute,
violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach
the baritone in intensity.
- Steve Lacy

When I found the music of Monk I finally found music that fit that horn.
Every one of his tunes fit it perfectly.
- Steve Lacy

If you're trying to invent something new,
you're going to reach a lot of discouraging points,
and most people give up.
- Steve Lacy

You can work on the saxophone alone,
but ultimately you must perform with others.
- Steve Lacy

Risk is at the heart of jazz.
Every note we play is a risk.
- Steve Lacy

I fell in love with jazz when I was 12 years old from
listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of jazz
in New York on the radio.
- Steve Lacy

We played for peanuts.
But we did what we wanted to do, we heard what we wanted to hear,
we performed what we wanted to perform,
we learned what we wanted to learn.
- Steve Lacy

Whoever has an original thing to say,
it is sort of a threat to the status quo.
- Steve Lacy

I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.
- Steve Lacy

I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years,
and the possibilities are astounding.
It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination.
- Steve Lacy

To me, there is spirit in a reed.
It's a living thing, a weed, really,
and it does contain spirit of a sort.
It's really an ancient vibration.
- Steve Lacy

I heard Sidney Bechet play a Duke Ellington piece and
fell in love with the soprano saxophone.
- Steve Lacy

It's very important to go through periods where you
sound just rotten and you know it,
and you have to persevere or give up.
- Steve Lacy

I still love the whole history of jazz.
The old things sound better than ever.
- Steve Lacy

Play difficult and interesting things.
If you play boring things, you risk losing your appetite.
Saxophone can be tedious with too much of the same.
- Steve Lacy

Bamboo is not a weed, it's a flowering plant.
Bamboo is a magnificent plant.
- Steve Lacy

The soprano turned out to sound to me like the right hand on the piano.
- Steve Lacy

I was spoiled by Monk's music because it was so good,
so complete.
- Steve Lacy

Circumstances can be very important.
Find the right people to work with.
- Steve Lacy

Saxophone is one thing, and music is another.
- Steve Lacy

It starts with a single sound.
If there's something in that sound, then it's worth continuing.
- Steve Lacy

If you have music you want to play that no one asks you to play,
you have to go out and find where you can play it.
It's called do or die.
- Steve Lacy

When I heard Monk in person in 1955,
he was playing with a quartet in a small club.
The place was full of musicians, but there was no public at all.
- Steve Lacy

The bell that tolls for all in boxing belongs to a cash register.
- Bob Verdi

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

By-and-large, these are families that are just waiting to get out of here.
They are frustrated; I would be, too.
I get frustrated at the cash register counter when the paper runs out.
- Russel Honore

It will take a long time for women's effect on politics
to register so that we may properly appraise it.
- Florence E. Allen

Every new baby is a blind desperate vote for survival:
people who find themselves unable to register an effective
political protest against extermination do so by a biological act.
- Lewis Mumford

History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.
- Voltaire

The studios are very much business.
Maybe it was always that way.
It is really commercial now.
Judgments are made and directions are given to make the cash register ring.
- Dianne Wiest

If you're a large corporation, you can afford to pay
the money to register patents,
but if you're an individual like me,
you can't.
- Larry Wall

Before you approach a production entity or even a potential producer,
you should write up a treatment and register your show
with the Writers Guild of America.
- Penelope Spheeris

Life is like a cash register, in that every account,
every thought, every deed, like every sale,
is registered and recorded.
- Fulton J. Sheen

History is little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

The sheriff is at the cash register,
and if I don't get a hit soon,
I don't know what I'll do.
- Nat King Cole

What is public history but a register of the successes and disappointments,
the vices, the follies and the quarrels of those who
engage in contention for power.
- William S. Paley

Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can
somehow register without consciousness.
- Katherine Mansfield

I'm the biggest fighter in the history of the sport.
If you don't believe it, check the cash register.
- Mike Tyson

Wherever anything lives, there is, open somewhere,
a register in which time is being inscribed.
- Henri Bergson

Well, we've made huge strides since the 1990 World Cup,
USA '94, and obviously since '98.
Unfortunately, those strides only register with the
public once every four years.
- Lamar Hunt

I got involved because I wanted to help inspire more
people to get off their butts and register and vote -
not just in this election,
but in every other election from now on,
you know?
- Jello Biafra

I get extra time to take the test because of my ADD.
Everybody's brains works differently and I just need
longer for things to register.
- Mary-Kate Olsen

I sing in a higher register, and you haven't heard
that on the radio in years.
- Gary Cherone

The savage repression of blacks, which can be estimated
by reading the obituary columns of the nation's dailies,
Fred Hampton, etc., has not failed to register on the black inmates.
- George Jackson

Today you can go to a gas station and find the cash
register open and the toilets locked.
They must think toilet paper is worth more than money.
- Joey Bishop

Pretty much all I say politically is I encourage people to register to vote.
- Emmylou Harris

Of all the stars whom I worked with,
I think Steve knew better what worked for him on the screen than any other.
He had such a sense of what he could register,
and that helped a lot in terms of shaping the character and the script.
- Robert Wise

What's happened with society is that we have created these devices,
computers, which already can register and process huge amounts of information,
which is a significant fraction of the amount of information
that human beings themselves,
as a species, can process.
- Seth Lloyd


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