Chico Hamilton Quotes

23 Chico Hamilton quotes:

"At Ronnie's, we had young kids who enjoyed it so much they came in every night. Something else - a lot of the old jazz diehards dug it, too."
"I've been a little more fortunate, perhaps, than a lot of people have, for the simple reason that I've constantly been moving: so nobody can hit me - you know what I mean? Protesting is not the answer - not along those lines."
"You know, there are a lot of jazz players that aren't as contemporary as these young pop players are; they haven't kept up with it."
"At this stage of my life, I've dedicated myself to playing what I want to play, how I want to play it for the rest of my time. Regardless of whether one might like it or one might not like it, this is where I am."
"But you can't extend, or go beyond any point musically, without the basic fundamentals."
"I don't dig staying in one groove."
"Mentally and physically, I find I can play with these people."
"The type of band that I have now, the type of music that we're playing you either like it or you dislike it. If you dislike it, you probably don't know why. By the same token, you can't even really say why you like it."
"And I'm happy to say that I'm able to find people wherever I go that are not black, not white - they're just human beings. That's where I am, where I've been and where I intend to stay."
"And it's impossible for me to have those players play with me at this stage of the game; all those guys are famous and, I suppose, wealthy now."
"I have a company in New York City producing music for commercials, for radio, TV, features, etc. That's how I've been making my living. And now the company is very successful - to the extent that I can afford to come out and play."
"My roots and Victor's are jazz, basically, but these two young fellows that we have with us come out of rock bands. And they're tremendously exciting players."
"A lot of musicians aren't proud; they'll do other work, just to be able to play music. I guess that's the way it's always going to be - musicians will have to suffer to a certain degree in order to obtain their outlet."
"Coming out of the big bands, I started accompanying, and I guess that is what led up to it. Because I learned quite a bit, by being an accompanist."
"I'm quite sure that all true professional artists, of every description, in all walks of life, whether their craft is painting, music, sculpture, medicine or anything, have one primary concern - mankind."
"I've changed my drumming considerably. I've had to, in order to play this way, in order to have a fulfilment with regard to the overall sound."
"In fact, I had to make an enormous adjustment to this, not only in listening to it but in playing with it. It's a full sound. In some instances, you must have the volume to get the effect."
"Most people would be disappointed, myself particularly, if I were to come up with the sound of the early 'sixties, or of the 'fifties even."
"For the last five years I've been in the production business."
"Personally, I can't see how anyone can produce any beautiful music out of being angry."

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