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June 9, 2010 | JazzQuotations.com
"You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail." - Charlie Parker
"The music has gotten thick. Guys give me tunes and they're full of chords. I can't play them...I think a movement in jazz is beginning away from the conventional string of chords, and a return to emphasis on melodic rather than harmonic variation. There will be fewer chords but infinite possibilities as to what to do with them." - Miles Davis (About the new modal style.)
"Technique is the ability to translate your ideas into sound through your instrument. This is a comprehensive technique, a feeling for the keyboard that will allow you to transfer any emotional utterance into it. What has to happen is that you develop a comprehensive technique and then say, Forget that. I'm just going to be expressive through the piano." - Bill Evans
"You can play a shoestring if you're sincere." - John Coltrane
"Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time." - Ornette Coleman
We have the pleasure of introducing you to a unique website from administrator Justin Steffman, "JazzQuotations.com." In addition to the insights and words of wisdom from many of the great jazz innovators, this site has a terrific summary of the various styles of jazz that have evolved over the last century, including Big Band, Bebop (hard & post), Cool Jazz, Fusion, Free, Post Modern, and a slew of other. If you were ever wondering what the consensus is, this is a great resource to check it out. Also included are links, jazz slang glossary, news, essential listening, and listings of the best vocal standards.
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Posted by Ted at June 9, 2010 5:55 AM
Disclaimer: In the 'Information Age' of the 21st Century,
any fool with a computer, a modem, and an idea can
become a self-professed 'expert." This site does not
come equipped with 'discernment.'