I learned my songs from the birds of the Brazilian forest.
Antonio Carlos Jobim
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If a player is pushing their ability, a certain amount of failure is inevitable. Maybe even desirable.
I think the idea is now for blacks to write about the history of our music. It’s time for that, because whites have been doing it all the time. It’s time for us to do it ourselves and tell it like it is.
If you feel like tapping your feet, tap your feet. If you feel like clapping your hands, clap your hands. And if you feel like taking off your shoes, take off your shoes. We are here to have a ball. So we want you to leave your worldly troubles outside and come in here and swing.
Jazz is not background music. You must concentrate in order to get the most out of it. You must absorb it.
I play the way I do cause it allows me to come up w/ the sickest sounds possible. That’s the point now isn’t it?
I think Ive done the best I could have done. But I keep wanting to play better, go further. There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I havent yet done. When I was younger I thought maybe Id reached that peak. But Im 86 now, and if I make it through to next month, Ill be 87. And now I know it can never be perfect, it can never be exactly what it should be, so you got to keep going further, getting better.