I never sing a song the same way twice.
A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
It can't be any new note. When you look at the keyboard, all the notes are there already.
But if you mean a note enough, it will sound different.
You got to pick the notes you really mean!
I believe in things that are developed through hard work. I always like
people who have
developed long and hard, especially through introspection
and a lot of dedication.
I think what they arrive at is usually a much
deeper and more beautiful thing than the
person who seems to have that
ability and fluidity from the beginning.
～Bill Evans in Contemporary
Keyboard, January 1981
[Jazz] went from the classics to ragtime to Dixieland to swing to bebop
to cool jazz, . . .
But it's always jazz. You can put a new dress on her,
a new hat, but no matter what kind of
clothes you put on her, she's the
same old broad.
The greatest feeling I ever had - in my clothes on - was when I first
heard Diz and Bird
together in St. Louis, Missouri, back in
True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the
My people are Americans and my time is today.
A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you
don't live it,
it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a
boundary line to music.
But, man, there's no boundary line to
"What we play is life."
As I continue to write and study New Orleans music and Duke Ellington, I
keep coming to more
and more conclusions about all of the things that
are here in America for the musician to use.
The thing you have to try
for is the emotional specificity that only comes from learning the
correct techniques for this art form. Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong,
and Jelly Roll Morton had
the understanding in their music. So did King
"I don't like to hear someone put down dixieland. Those people who say
there's no music but bop
are just stupid; it shows how much they don't
～Miles Davis in Down Beat
While the Satchmo Legacy tour was under way, somebody asked Freddie
Hubbard, "Why are you
wasting your time playing this old music?" Freddie
replied: "Man, you'd be surprised how much
I'm learning - not only about
myself, but about the musicians who came before me. You don't
first when you listen to Armstrong's records how great this man was and how
that Hot Five music was to play. After the experience of reading
and playing those parts,
I have an even greater respect for Louis
Armstrong than before."
～from liner notes to "The Satchmo Legacy Band
Salute to Pops Vol. 2" CD