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I can show you that I have played with just about every jazz musician, every African musician, every blues musician. It's not like I'm cashing in on a false concept. This is what I do.
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.
By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
My first guitar, a Fender Jazz Master, I traded it in for a Les Paul Deluxe.
I wasn't very aware of pop music because I attended an arts school. For me, it was all about jazz.
I used to be a jazz snob, believe it or not. I sort of turned my nose up at anything more commercial.
I would love to make a real jazz album someday because I never have. But that's something I'm not in a rush to do.
I could do without 'cool' publications calling me 'mom jazz.' But I laughed all the way to the bank, baby.
I would say that jazz is my own language.
The jazz I love is sweet and pure with raw elements, which is exactly what the good hip-hop is doing now.
It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.
Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say.
One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.
Risk is at the heart of jazz. Every note we play is a risk.
I like jazz, but I could never play it. You just sit there with a guitar the size of a Chevy on your chest, wearing a stupid hat, playing the same solo for an hour.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.
I'm a freak, everything has to be totally flat when I play. Ed Will, my jazz teacher, set up everything completely flat, and then you'd tilt your snare drum away from you, so I do that too. So my snare tilts away from me.
The only things that the United States has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails.
Federico Garcia Lorca
It's sort of what jazz would be if it stopped being snobby and what rock would be if it stopped being stupid.
Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary.
Before I became a writer, I was running a jazz bar in the center of Tokyo, which means that I worked in filthy air all the time late into the night. I was very excited when I started making a living out of my writing, and I decided, 'I will live in nothing but an absolutely healthy way.'
I hate Stanley Clark, but I have to admit he's playing Jazz whether I like it or not.
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.
Jazz is all about improvisation and it's about the moment in time, doing it this way now, and you'll never do it this way twice. I've studied the masters. Why would I want to play ball after the guys who sit on a bench? I want to play like Michael Jordan.
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
If I'm going to be a jazz player, I need to understand Miles Davis.
I'm a great jazz fan.
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