Only in spontaneity can we be who we truly are.
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Indian music is very soulful and the only other school that develops improv to the high degree you find in Jazz.
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Early on, I figured out that when the top of a guitar is vibrating and a string is vibrating, you’ve got a conflict. One of them has got to stop, and it can’t be the string, because that’s making the sound. So in 1934, I asked the Larson BrothersChicago instrument makersto build me a guitar with a half-inch-thick maple top and no f-holes. They thought I was crazy.
I started out to become a jazz pianist; in the meantime I started singing and I sang the way I felt and that’s just the way it came out.
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.
It could be my British need for discipline that makes me admire the American appetite for freedom and passion.
The first jazz I heard was Duke Ellington. I was learning to play classical music, but my teacher swapped out those lessons for jazz lessons because I had started adding grace notes to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
[on B.B. King] He is without a doubt the most important artist the blues has ever produced, and the most humble and genuine man you would ever wish to meet. In terms of scale or stature, I believe that if Robert Johnson was reincarnated, he is probably B.B. King.
We open our minds, stretch forth, take chances and venture out musically to arrive at something new and different.