Most of the soloists at Birdland had to wait for Parker’s next record in order to find out what to play next. What will they do now?
More quotes by Charles Mingus
Just because I’m playing jazz I don’t forget about me. I play or write me the way I feel through jazz, or whatever. Music is, or was, a language of the emotions.
I’m trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it’s difficult is ’cause I’m changing all the time.
Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.
I’m too busy playing. When I’m playing I don’t pay attention to who’s listening. When I was listening I listened to symphony orchestras, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Stravinsky. You don’t listen to one instrument; you listen to music.
I, myself, came to enjoy the players who didn’t only just swing but who invented new rhythmic patterns, along with new melodic concepts. And those people are: Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Parker, who is the greatest genius of all to me because he changed the whole era around.
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We usually never got out of there before four or five o’clock in the morning. Every morning. So it was rough.
I came from an era when we didn’t use electronic instruments. The bass wasn’t even amplified. The sound was the sound you got.
If I were to call it black music, that would be untrue. I don’t know what that is, unless it would be some African drums or something.