Bill Evans Quotes
Its performing without any really set basis for the lines and the content as such emotionally or, specifically, musically. And if you sit down and contemplate what youre going to do, and take five hours to write five minutes of music, then its composed music. Therefore I would put it in the classical or serious, whatever you want to call it, written-music category. So theres composed music and theres jazz. And to me anybody that makes music using the process that we are using in Jazz, is playing Jazz.
I say this because it’s a good message to give to young talents who feel as I used to. You hear musicians playing with great fluidity and complete conception early on, and you don’t have that ability. I didn’t. I had to know what I was doing. And ultimately it turned out that these people weren’t able to carry their thing very far. I found myself being more attracted to artists who have developed through the years and become better and deeper musicians.I believe in things that are developed through hard work.
A guy is influenced by hundreds of people and things, and all show up in his work. To fasten on any one or two is ridiculous. I will say one thing, though. Lennie Tristanos early records impressed me tremendously. Tunes like Tautology, Marshmallow, and Fishin Around. I heard the fellows in his group building their lines with a design and general structure that was different from anything Id ever heard in jazz.
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. I say this because its a good message to give to young talents who feel as I used to.