The people who really got me off were dealing with the musical potential of their instrument.
More quotes by Max Roach
In classical music, only two people are important, the composer and the conductor. Everybody else is a serf. In jazz, a thing of beauty is created collectively with everybody getting to express an idea. And that reflects what democratic society is – or should be.
Jazz is a democratic musical form. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty.
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Music is the great arbiter of the world, the key to central harmony and a necessary requirement of human emotion.
Im using the insides of sounds to move around in a very subtle way which, I think, ends up being inevitable. I feel its the only solution to that particular problem that I presented myself.
I’m a fan first. I believed Duke Ellington when he said there’s no bad music, just some of it is presented badly. As a kid, hanging around Church Street, the presentation of music was so powerful, I couldn’t help but jump for joy. I had discovered art, or truth, or whatever you want to call it; I had seen a light I’d follow forever.
Being so inescapably a part of it, I’ll never know what the listener gets, what the listener feels and that’s too bad.
I thought of nothing else but rock ‘n’ roll; apart from sex and food and money–but that’s all the same thing, really.