Critics don’t buy records. They get ’em free.
Nat King Cole
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I often wonder whether Negroes like myself who are pretty well known help out at all in breaking down barriers.
For years the Trio did nothing but play for musicians and other hip people. We practically starved to death.
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I am at my core a singer/songwriter a la James Taylor or a la Billy Joel. It’s not that I don’t want to work with people, but I do just love doing my own thing.
Jazz is an art form that depends on its antecedents. There must be respect for the people that have gone before.
I only knew classical music, which to me was the only true music. The only way I could survive at the bar was to mix the classical music with popular songs, and that meant I had to sing. What happened was that I discovered I had a voice plus the talent to mix classical music together with more popular songs, which at the time I detested.
Even now, at 82 years old, if I don’t learn something every day, you know what I think? It’s a day lost. Now, I don’t practice every day. I just take the guitar, swear at it. But I should be swearing at myself. But I fool with music. I’m doing something musically all the time. And my ears are wide open for anything I can hear.
I bought my first electric guitar when I moved to Memphis; a Gibson with a DeArmond pickup which I used with a small Gibson amplifier.
Jazz is a spectacularly accurate model of democracy and a look into our redemptive future possibilities.