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Jazz Record Quotes


"I recorded my first jazz record in the '70s." - Rita Coolidge

"I wanted to make a jazz record. I didn't want it to be a standards record." - Rita Coolidge

"Jazz is America's classical music." - Billy Taylor

"I don't know if I have enough guts to do a whole standard jazz record." - Gary Cherone

"You know what I'd really like to do? I'd like to record some white Chicago jazz." - Ahmet Ertegun

"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

"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

"Jazz is freedom. You think about that." - Thelonious Monk

"Jazz music is the power of now." - Wynton Marsalis

"Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things and still be jazz." - Sonny Rollins

"Music represents nature. Nature represents life. Jazz represents nature. Jazz is life." - Sonny Rollins

"Smokin' at the Half Note is the absolute greatest jazz-guitar album ever made. It is also the record that taught me how to play." - Pat Metheny

"I have a huge record and cd collection of all kinds of great classical, jazz and all music but I find the internet very accessible and quick." - Aaron Zigman

"Let's look at the record." - Alfred E. Smith

"Jazz washes away the dust of every day life." - Art Blakey

"It takes an intelligent ear to listen to Jazz." - Art Blakey

"Jazz is a beautiful word. I love it." - Dexter Gordon

"What kills me is that everybody thinks I like Jazz." - Samuel L Jackson

"Jazz is one of the least learnable art forms." - Keith Jarrett

"Jazz speaks for life. This is triumphant music." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Jazz is so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself." - Branford Marsalis

"Jazz music is a language of the emotions." - Charles Mingus

"Jazz musicians have some outlaw in them somewhere." - Mike Zwerin

"You know the rules. No jazz before a rumble." - S E Hinton

"Jazz is very much alive. Everywhere I go there's a new generation of musicians playing Jazz music." - Toots Thielemans

"I cringed when I heard myself described as a Jazz singer. I've always thought of myself as a Jazz vocalist." - Cassandra Wilson

"I always hated jazz guitar. I loved jazz saxophone but I hated jazz guitar. If I would buy an organ trio record I would make sure I'd buy one that did not have a guitar player on it. The sound was awful!" - Tom Verlaine

"History is a record of exploded ideas." - John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

"I think record companies are criminals." - Jon Bon Jovi

"literature is the record of our discontent." - Virginia Woolf

"I think as long as people are around and can hear a record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording, there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz." - Sonny Rollins

"The whole point is, give me a break with the standards. You go to the average jazz label and suggest a record and they want to know which standards you're going to play. I'm saying let's break the formula." - Branford Marsalis

"Everything we did, we did live - and then Bobby took it home and chopped it up and edited it. Which is pretty much what they did with every jazz record you've ever heard." - Charlie Hunter

"My school music teacher, Al Bennest, introduced me to jazz by playing Louis Armstrong's record of "West End Blues" for me. I found more jazz on the radio, and began looking for records. My paper route money, and later, money I earned working after school in a print shop and a butcher shop went toward buying jazz records. I taught myself the alto saxophone and the drums in order to play in my high school dance band." - Bill Crow

"I grew up listening to John Coltrane and jazz, so they were subtle influences. I sometimes think about doing some kind of weird jazz record, but I don't know... It's on my list of things to do. I don't want to have to then go promote it." - Kim Gordon

"A respectable-sized audience hasn't really been able to follow developments in jazz since the free jazz movement in the '60s. Some of them can't even get with John Coltrane. Audiences are diminishing more and more rapidly. Some of the top young musicians with something new to say can't get record companies to put out their stuff." - Harvey Pekar

"Maybe a part of me recognized how right the improvising spirit of jazz is. Not the sounds, but the freedom to work with musicians who work that way. It felt very natural to me, but I think there's a way to do it without it being a jazz record." - Jane Siberry

"If you're making money people don't think you're playing Jazz. When you're not making money they think you're a great Jazz musician." - Pete Fountain

"Just because I'm playing Jazz I don't forget about me. I play or write me the way I feel through Jazz." - Charles Mingus

"Jazz music is a style, not compositions; any kind of music may be played in Jazz if one has the knowledge." - Jelly Roll Morton

"I listen to jazz mainly. Mainstream jazz." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"I listen to jazz mainly. Mainstream jazz." - Kareem Abduljabbar

"Man's record upon this wild world is the record of work, and of work alone." - Josiah Gilbert Holland

"For the record, we"re not friends. (Stryker) For the record, I do' care. (Savitar)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"For the record, we're not friends. (Stryker) For the record, I don't care. (Savitar)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"If you don't have a record deal, you've got to be a record company." - Mary Gauthier

"The fossil record is incredible when it preserves things, but it's not a complete record." - Jack Horner

"I wanted to put jazz on the record, all the loves of music that I had on the record, so I could show people I was ahead of my 19 years. It may have been over the heads of some people." - Brian Mcknight

"If America has a future, Jazz has a future. The two are inseparable." - George Russell

"I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest Jazz cats on the planet." - George Benson

"Jazz is something that you have to feel. It's something that you have to live." - Ray Brown

"Jazz is a beautiful woman whose older brother is a policeman." - Sid Caesar

"Rather than say I play Jazz, I simply say I play music." - Kenny Garrett

"Other than conversation, no other art form can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction like Jazz." - Stan Getz

"Man, as long as people want to hear Jazz, I'll give it to them." - Lionel Hampton

"So much of Jazz doesn't have an audience other than music students or musicians." - Branford Marsalis

"Nothing else will ever capture the democratic process in sound as perfectly as Jazz." - Wynton Marsalis

"The wonderful thing about Jazz is its willingness to take chances." - Madeleine Peyroux

"Jazz is the most fun you can have with your clothes on." - Herb Pomeroy

"Jazz is my adventure." - Thelonious Monk

"Jazz stands for freedom." - Dave Brubeck

"Interview, Jazz Professional, 1966" - Dudley Moore

"I've always loved jazz." - Rita Coolidge

"My music is jazz." - Yusef Lateef

"I got into music when I was a little boy. My dad was always into jazz. I got my education from him. The first time I listened to jazz, he gave me a Thelonious Monk record. It was so different from anything I had ever heard. It took me a while to understand it, and I liked that. I liked the fact that it wasn't immediately palatable." - Ted King

"Just beat my record for most consecutive days without dying." - Bill Murray

"Record company execs eat their young, I swear to God." - Linda Barnes

"Faith is a record of great risks taken." - Winkie Pratney

"One-time Guinness World Record holder for Yo-Yo endurance." - Bob Brown

"[Fidel Castro] has a very good [human rights] record." - Oliver Stone

"News Headline Noun String Length World Record Breaker Runner-Up" - James Taranto

"I just drank eighteen whiskies. That must be a record." - Dylan Thomas

"I knew the record would stand until it was broken." - Yogi Berra

"I don't have to talk. My record speaks for itself." - Maurice Jones-Drew

"History is the record of encounters between character and circumstance." - Donald Creighton

"The past is gained, secure, and on record." - Robert Browning

"Old age is just a record of one's whole life." - Muhammad Ali

"We're giving RCA another record, and that should finish them." - Paul Kantner

"Roads are a record of those who have gone before." - Rebecca Solnit

"My record of opposition to illegal immigration is unquestioned." - Ann Wagner

"A No. 1 record is hard to come by." - Josh Turner

"When you make a great record, it's around forever." - Dean Ween

"If I didn't love it, I would not record it." - Alicia Keys

"I have a pretty good record of winning in court." - Jan Brewer

"If I worried about that, I wouldn't have made a single record in my whole career. I think more and more, audiences appreciate something that is distinctive and different. Everyone always throws out this figure, 'Jazz is now down to three percent of the total record sales.' So does that mean it is not important? I think if we agree that human culture itself is important, then I think those three percent take on a greater significance." - Dave Douglas

"In Jazz, improvisation isn't a matter of just making any ol' thing up. Jazz, like any language, has its own grammer and vocabulary. There's no right or wrong, just some choices that are better than others." - Wynton Marsalis

"The reward for playing jazz is playing jazz." - John Lewis

"To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question!" - Louis Armstrong

"It's not jazz as we know jazz here in America." - Les Paul

"I grew up around jazz. I love jazz." - Baz Luhrmann

"I'm pretty optimistic about the future of rock... it will be back to composition as in classical music or jazz." - Jimmy Page

"Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world." - Ahmad Alaadeen

"Jazz is music made by and for people who have chosen to feel good in spite of conditions." - Johnny Griffin

"The value of jazz still has to be clarified. People involve themselves with its superficialities without digging for its soul." - Stan Getz

"Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's what's so simple about it." - Yogi Berra

"A Jazz man should be saying what he feels: humor, sadness, joy... all the things that humans have." - Bob Brookmeyer

"Jazz was not only built in the minds of the great ones, but on the backs of the ordinary ones." - Cab Calloway

"I never thought Jazz was meant to be a museum piece like other dead things once considered artistic." - Miles Davis

"Jazz is one of the best things that you can find in your life, it can always be your friend." - George Gershwin

"Jazz translates the moment into a sense of inspiration for not only the musicians but for the listeners." - Herbie Hancock

"As long as there are people trying to play music in a sincere way, there will be Jazz." - Lee Konitz

"There are wonderful things in Jazz, the improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience." - Henri Matisse

"I don't have a definition of Jazz. You're just supposed to know it when you hear it." - Thelonious Monk

"I feel that Jazz improvisation is the ultimate. You have to create on the spot, the essence of this music." - Sonny Rollins

"Jazz is not just music, it's a way of life, it's a way of being, a way of thinking." - Nina Simone

"I'm always looking for ways to develop as a Jazz artist, to find different ways of using my voice." - Cassandra Wilson

"Jazz is not background music." - Horace Silver

"I love my jazz hands!" - David Dickinson

"Jazz is democracy in music." - Wynton Marsalis

"Jazz was my first love." - Frankie Valli

"Jazz is rhythm and meaning." - Henri Matisse

"I'm not a jazz singer." - Boz Scaggs

"I'm a great jazz fan." - Vidal Sassoon

"It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line" - Duke Ellington

"Symmetria by the Uccello Project is a gorgeous, instrumental and largely unclassifiable record. Best thought of as 'cinematic', each of the tracks conjures up a range of emotions and images, taking the listener on a beautiful journey. The layers of basses, guitars and percussion ebb and flow, drawing on jazz, folk, blues and African music, blending all the elements into one lovely album. Recommended." - Steve Lawson

"I started singing Folksongs with my mother when I was 6 years old. We sang at Folk festivals and concerts and schools. There was always music being played either on record, Jazz and Folk, by musician friends of my mother. I took to singing very early, I believe it has been a Gift I was born with." - Vicki Sue Robinson

"My father was a jazz tenor sax player. He played in a lot of big bands. So I had that sound around me all the time. The first record that really caught my ear was Clifford Brown's 'Brownie Eyes.' I grew up listening to John Coltrane and Illinois Jacquet. This is where I come from... I love improvisational music." - Meshell Ndegeocello

"I never gave up on that idea, you know, that jazz musicians have the same opportunity as everybody else and that it's what you put on that record that makes the difference whether you sell it or not or are able to get it into people's households." - George Benson

"The things that work for me usually don't work for anyone else. Pretty much everything on my first record, and now at the beginning of my second record, are songs people love but are scared to record." - Brandy Clark

"George Bush, Dick Cheney, every one of the speakers praised John Kerry's war record. No one said he was unfit. They said he has terrible judgment, and that's his record as a senator. Nobody questioned his military record." - Peter T King

"The record business. It's exactly what it is-Record-Busin ess. You have to take care of both, or they wo' take care of you." - Dr Dre

"I don't know if the record is going to happen. I don't really think about the record. There are other things I worry about." - Barry Bonds

"...the possibility of circular reasoning arises-that is, using the temperature record to derive a key input to climate models that are then tested against the temperature record." - Theodore Wilbur Anderson

"Every time I bought a Rock and Roll record, I bought a classical record at the same time. I like each as well as the other." - Klaus Nomi

"If someone tells you something is off the record, I don't print it. If they don't tell me something is off the record, then it's fair game." - Michael Hastings

"Looking back on the production of 'Nevermind,' I'm embarrassed by it now. It's closer to a Motley Crue record than it is a punk rock record." - Kurt Cobain

"When I sort of step in my jazz world, it's somewhere between instrumental jazz and vocal jazz." - Jose James

"I got into trad jazz, then modern jazz, then avant-garde jazz, between the ages of 16 to 18." - Roy Harper

"I've always explored things that people find a bit more freakish, like free jazz, and I'd gotten to a point where the live music I was making was really hectic and turning much more confrontational. So when I started working on Everything Ecstatic, that was very normal for me. I think it was a departure, but people read it as an escape from something, whereas every record I do is, I feel, a departure." - Kieran Hebden

"When I was young, I never bought records because my brother Joseph played saxophone and had a record player. I loved listening to his records: The Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, all the big American jazz bands, and vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Ernestine Anderson, and Kitty White, a singer from the US who was a friend of Nina Simone. Nobody in America seems to know about her, but she was quite popular in South Africa." - Miriam Makeba

"Jazz is an art form that depends on its antecedents, there must be respect for the people that have gone before." - Jon Hendricks

"I don't know where jazz is going. Maybe it's going to hell. You can't make anything go anywhere. It just happens." - Thelonious Monk

"It's always Jazz. You can put a new dress on her, a new hat, but no matter what kind of clothes she's the same old broad." - Lionel Hampton

"Jazz Improvisation means that practice is not as straightforward as it would be when you simply have a score to play." - Ahmad Jamal

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

"It is evidently known, beyond contradiction, that New Orleans is the cradle of Jazz and I, myself, happened to be the creator in the year 1902." - Jelly Roll Morton

"Jazz is not background music. You must concentrate in order to get the most out of it. You must absorb it." - Horace Silver

"Many people forget that Jazz, no matter what form it takes, must come from the heart as well as the mind." - Mary Lou Williams

"Jazz is the music of unemployment." - Frank Zappa

"Jazz is a good barometer of freedom." - Duke Ellington

"Jazz is the language of the emotions." - Charles Mingus

"Bop is no love-child of jazz." - Charlie Parker

"The jazz musician's function is to feel," - Lennie Tristano

"Every 'mistake' is an opportunity in jazz." - Stefon Harris

"Science Fiction is the jazz of literature." - David Brin

"Jazz to me is a living music." - Dexter Gordon

"Jazz shouldn't have any mandates. Jazz is not supposed to be something that's required to sound like jazz. For me, the word 'jazz' means, 'I dare you.'" - Wayne Shorter

"I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball." - Gerald Early

"Jazz never ends... it just continues." - Sonny Rollins

"I love jazz music and sad music." - Fred Durst



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