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A first love always occupies a special place.
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A lot of bands were doing remotes from ballrooms around the country.
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After playing now for 60 years, it's still very challenging for me to play a simple melody and have it clean and touch the reed at the proper time in the proper way.
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As long as there are people trying to play music in a sincere way, there will be some jazz.
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As soon as I play full bodied, I block out the rest of the sound. I'm just looking for the right note to fit the chords I'm hearing.
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Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That's why I wanted the clarinet.
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Bernstein grew up in my building in New York. He's a very, very fine player. When he was a kid, he came by to find out what was going on in the world of jazz.
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Charlie Parker lived 24 hours a day for 34 years, pretty much. I am very indebted to him.
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Each of these instruments has a voice, and if I hear a sound on an instrument that I don't like, I'm not interested usually in what he plays.
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I always felt as a horn player, a jam session wasn't satisfying enough for me. I should have been a rhythm section player, actually.
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I could stop and say, Well that was a D minor, G seven, but I really don't want to know that. I just want to know that there's a combination of notes that makes a sound.
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I didn't have that schmaltzy background.
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I do like Artie Shaw. I think he's more musical in some ways than Benny.
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I don't look forward to going into smoky clubs. But if that's the case, the smell of beer and cigarettes are quickly forgotten.
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I got a tenor saxophone from my parents, and then at some point I was offered a situation to play alto in a club with a show band.
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I have been able to get a small audience. It's not the huge audience, but it's enough to make it possible to play. I appreciate that.
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I hear many extra-musical things somehow in Coltrane.
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I just completed a tour in Europe. I played every night. This requires traveling some days for six hours in a van or a train or a car. After six weeks of that, I checked into the hotel and just fell apart.
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I listen to classical music very much. There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to.
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I love Indian music very much, but I haven't studied that specifically.
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I stand back, sometimes, behind the rhythm section, so I don't physically look like the leader. I don't like that concept too much.
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I think of myself as a sideman being invited to join people to play. It's very stimulating, and I also enjoy having my own selection of people occasionally, too.
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I tried to learn what the great solo feels like. That's why we copy great solos. And then I tried to rearrange it somehow.
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I understood that if I wanted to work, the saxophone was the main instrument. The clarinet was what we call a double.
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I wanted to play a freer version of tunes, instead of just coming in and turning on a tempo and adhering to that tempo.
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I was missing the great music that Charlie Parker played, so when I was able to really study and learn some of his solos, I was able to appreciate why he was so great.
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I wish that person outside would stop coughing.
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I'd like to feel that whatever I play is a result of whatever I've heard.
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I'm hearing chords, a lot of chords, and trying to find them as they're being played.
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I've played with not such great players, and found that I was inspired to play very well. I welcome every one of those opportunities.
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If the sound is unpleasant for me, even a fine selection of notes doesn't have the impact that they have to have.
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In some ways Lester Young is the most complex rhythmically of any musician. He does some things which are just phenomenal.
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It was 100 percent music. There was no ego involved, no attitudes, no black and white, it was pure music.
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It's still a great challenge to play with people and really hear myself and them together. It's a very demanding experience.
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It's very demanding to make up your own music.
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Labels don't mean anything to me. I'm trying to play as passionately as I'm able to. If they want to call that cool, that's fine. Just spell the name right, is the formula.
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Many people do think it's naive to improvise in front of paying customers. I'm not saying one way is better than another.
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Most jazz players work out their solos, at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary.
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Most people I know, they have to have the music. They first begin by learning scales. That's rather unusual actually.
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My older brother loved to sing spontaneously, and that was always fun. He would just burst into spontaneous song.
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Names and theoretical things don't occur to me. If they do, I'm not doing my real playing mode.
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One of the most interesting recordings I ever heard was hearing Tristano and Charlie Parker playing together. They were both at their peak.
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Out of Coltrane's whole history, there are things which I think are great from all the periods.
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People look for a messiah all the time. And everybody is just busy doing their own thing, trying to learn how to play the music.
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Sound is the first thing that we tune into.
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The chordal instruments control the whole show unless I just take over and play a lead voice.
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The playing mode is when you're open and receptive to whatever sound, even if it's a sound out in the audience.
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We all learn from each other, and I never really hung out with guys in that way, so I missed out.
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We are the instrument. The actual instrument is just an amplification of what we're hearing.
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We start out by feeling the music internally, expressing it somehow externally before we choose to put it into the instrument.
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When I want to hear something, I might pick out a Bach Cello Suite rather than a Coltrane and that kind of intensity.
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When I was 11 years old I asked for and received a clarinet. I had been listening to the radio a lot, to the dance bands.
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You just keep playing. If someone special comes along and organizes it in a new way, then you'll have another approach and everybody will jump on it to try to learn.
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