"While he was with Miles, Coltrane was tagged with the phrase "sheets of sound." jazz critic Ira Gitler had first used it. These "sheets of sound" were multinote hailstorms of dense textures that sound like a simultaneous series of waterfalls. "His continuous flow of ideas without stopping really hit me," Gitler said. "It was almost superhuman. The amount of energy he was using could have powered a spaceship."New liner notes to Giant Steps (Deluxe edition), Sep, 1997.
It is this tendency to play with manic enthusiasm on every possible occasion that distinguishes the amateur jazz musician from the professional, often to the public detriment of the latter, who are regarded as snootyand unfriendly.1984 Why No Beethoven?, ch.1.
Nobody has ever been able to define jazz satisfactorily. This is probably because anyone who was capable of doing so never really wantedto, knowing how muchyou would have to leave out of the definition.Mary Henrietta Kingsley
The basic difference between classical music and jazz is that in the former music is always greater than its performancewhereas the way jazz is performed is always more important than what is being played.1967 Quoted in TheTimes.
jazz is a small word for a vast sound.2002 In The Guardian, 29 Dec.
jazz is the result of the energy stored up in America.George Gershwin
jazz music hashaunted America for seventy years.It has tempted us out of our lily-white reserve with its black promise of untrammeled joy.John Clellon Holmes
jazz musicians are not demigods. Theyare warm, vulnerablehumanbeings with a desperateneedtogo on paying the rent.1984 Hot Air, Cool Music, ch.10.
jazz musicians have some outlaw in them somewhere if theyare serious about this music? There is no valid motivation for it other than loveoutlaw motivation in a profit-motivated society.1985 LaTristesse de Saint Louis: Swing Under the Nazis, ch.4.
A jazz performance centers upon the process of creation. The final objective is not only the finished product, but the path and process taken towards it.1988 Self-Portrait of a Jazz- Artist, ch.3.
There's no future without the past and anybody who doesn't really understand where jazz has come from has no right to try to direct where it's going.cannonball adderley
Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.harry j. anslinger
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.nat "king" cole
[If] you don't have any soul and you don't have any talent, jazz is what you should do. ... any fool can do it; all you gotta do is practice.stewart copeland
The most prolific and versatile of any modern jazz musicianchick corea
jazz today can be spiritual, cerebral, motivating or moving. It can evoke tension, relaxation, laughter, tears. Surely jazz is truly the music of the era, combining stature, dignity and emotion with the highest musical ideals.john dankworth
"Music is a journey. jazz is getting lost."John O'Farrell 'The Best a Man Can Get' (1999)
"jazz is not dead, it just smells funny."Lyric from Frank Zappa's "Be-Bop Tango"
"jazz is not a 'form' but a collection of tags and tricks."Ernest Newman. The Sunday Times, "The World of Music", 4 September 1927.
"There is nothing but jazz."Konrad Stragier in a poem
"By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with."Duke Ellington
"There is a view that jazz is 'evil' because it comes from evil people, but actually the greatest priests on 52nd Street and on the streets of New York City were the musicians. They were doing the greatest healing work. They knew how to punch through music that would cure and make people feel good."Garth Hudson, in The Last Waltz
The beauty of America, neither cool jazz nor devoured Egyptianheroes, lies inlives in the darkness I inhabit in the midst of sterile millions.Frank O'Hara
I took the frets out of my bass after I was getting into jazz a lot and I wanted to have that upright sound.jaco pastorius
When I was a little kid I thought I would grow up to be black and sing jazz in nightclubs.As quoted in Funny Ladies: The Best Humor from America's Funniest Women (2001) by Bill Adler, p. 47
jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.frank zappa
And it's the same across the nation Black and white discrimination Yellin' "You can't understand me!" 'N all that other jazz they hand me In the papers and TV and All that mass stupidity That seems to grow more every day Each time you hear some nitwit say He wants to go and do you in Because the color of your skin Just don't appeal to him (No matter if it's black or white) Because he's out for blood tonightfrank zappa
The aim of jazz is the mechanical reproduction of a regressive moment, a castration symbolism. 'Give up your masculinity, let yourself be castrated,' the eunuchlike sound of the jazz band both mocks and proclaims, 'and you will be rewarded, accepted into a fraternity which shares the mystery of impotence with you, a mystery revealed at the moment of the initiation rite.theodor adorno
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.Nat King Cole, spoken in VOA interview broadcast on Pop Chronicles, Show 22 - Smack Dab in the Middle on Route 66: A skinny dip in the easy listening mainstream.
The American Dialect Society (ADS; americandialect.org), identifies the most influential words of the year. For example, ADS members voted tweet as the Word of the Year for 2009 and google as the word of the decade. Ten years earlier, Y2K was the top choice, web was the word of the decade, and jazz was the word of the century.Coopman, Stephanie J.; James Lull (2012). Public Speaking: The Evolving Art. Wadsworth Cengage Learning. p. 191.