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Lee Konitz Quotes

33 Lee Konitz quotes:

"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 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
"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 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 hear many extra-musical things somehow in Coltrane."
"I love Indian music very much, but I haven't studied that specifically."
"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."
"It was 100 percent music. There was no ego involved, no attitudes, no black and white, it was pure music."
"Labels don't mean anything to me. I'm trying to play as passionately as I'm able to. If they want to call that cool, that's fine. Just spell the name right, is the formula."
"Many people do think it's naive to improvise in front of paying customers. I'm not saying one way is better than another."
"You just keep playing. If someone special comes along and organizes it in a new way, then you'll have another approach and everybody will jump on it to try to learn."
"I understood that if I wanted to work, the saxophone was the main instrument. The clarinet was what we call a double."
"Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That's why I wanted the clarinet."
"A lot of bands were doing remotes from ballrooms around the country."
"As long as there are people trying to play music in a sincere way, there will be some jazz."
"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."
"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 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 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."

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