Jazz is freedom. You think about that.
I don’t consider myself a musician who has achieved perfection and can’t develop any further.
I compose my pieces with a formula that I created myself.
I don’t have a definition of Jazz. You’re just supposed to know it when you hear it.
If my own work had more importance than any others, it’s because the piano is the key instrument in music.
If jazz has to be termed as a wave, then music is a sea, but if the reflectors in the water is the chord.
I find my inspiration in myself.
[on Ornette Coleman] Man, that cat is nuts!
Play what you want and let the public pick up on what you doing even if it does take them 15, 20 years.
I always wanted to play the piano, and jazz appealed to me.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
Sometimes it’s to your advantage for people to think you’re crazy.
If you really understand the meaning of be-bop, you understand the meaning of freedom.
The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.
I say, ‘Play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you’re doing – even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years’.
After two takes you’re imitating yourself.
I don’t know where Jazz is going. Maybe it’s going to hell. You can’t make anything go anywhere. It just happens.
I’m famous… ain’t that a bitch?
I like to sleep. There is no set time of day for sleep. You sleep when you’re tired and that’s all there is to it.
All musicians stimulate each other. The vibrations get scattered around.
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