Hipness is what it is. But sometimes hipness is what it ain’t.
D C DowDell
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While many forms of music may use the dynamic of improvisation, Jazz exemplifies the unique characteristic of collective improvisation.
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I tried to connect my singing voice to my guitar an’ my guitar to my singing voice. Like the two was talking to one another.
I think that what is important is that the music be honest and direct and that it is relevant to today.
If you want to be a good blues singer, people are going to be down on you, so dress like you’re going to the bank to borrow money.
I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.
I remember Elvis as a young man hanging around the Sun Studios. Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra’s. I was a tremendous fan, and had Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his inventiveness.
I’m an interpreter of stories. When I perform it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.
Jazz music is an aural souvenir of mankind’s attempt to express the intangible, the heart, the soul, through art.
Listening is more important than anything because that’s what music is. Somebody is playing something and you’re receiving it.
If one were asked to name one musician who came closest to composing without human flaw, I suppose general consensus would choose Johann Sebastian Bach.