Lee Konitz Quotes

33 Lee Konitz quotes:

"A first love always occupies a special place."
"I understood that if I wanted to work, the saxophone was the main instrument. The clarinet was what we call a double."
"A lot of bands were doing remotes from ballrooms around the country."
"After playing now for 60 years, it's still very challenging for me to play a simple melody and have it clean and touch the reed at the proper time in the proper way."
"As long as there are people trying to play music in a sincere way, there will be some jazz."
"As soon as I play full bodied, I block out the rest of the sound. I'm just looking for the right note to fit the chords I'm hearing."
Author: Konitz Quotes Category: American Musician Quotes Jazz Quotes
"Bernstein grew up in my building in New York. He's a very, very fine player. When he was a kid, he came by to find out what was going on in the world of jazz."
"Each of these instruments has a voice, and if I hear a sound on an instrument that I don't like, I'm not interested usually in what he plays."
"I always felt as a horn player, a jam session wasn't satisfying enough for me. I should have been a rhythm section player, actually."
"I could stop and say, Well that was a D minor, G seven, but I really don't want to know that. I just want to know that there's a combination of notes that makes a sound."
"I have been able to get a small audience. It's not the huge audience, but it's enough to make it possible to play. I appreciate that."
"I hear many extra-musical things somehow in Coltrane."
"I just completed a tour in Europe. I played every night. This requires traveling some days for six hours in a van or a train or a car. After six weeks of that, I checked into the hotel and just fell apart."
"I listen to classical music very much. There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to."
"I love Indian music very much, but I haven't studied that specifically."
"I stand back, sometimes, behind the rhythm section, so I don't physically look like the leader. I don't like that concept too much."
"I wish that person outside would stop coughing."
"I'd like to feel that whatever I play is a result of whatever I've heard."
"I've played with not such great players, and found that I was inspired to play very well. I welcome every one of those opportunities."
"In some ways Lester Young is the most complex rhythmically of any musician. He does some things which are just phenomenal."

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