Chico Hamilton Quotes

23 Chico Hamilton quotes:

"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"For the last five years I've been in the production business."
"I don't dig staying in one groove."
"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."
"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 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."
"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."
"Luckily, I'm in the position now of being able to play purely because I have the desire to do so."
"Mentally and physically, I find I can play with these people."
"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."
"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."
"Personally, I can't see how anyone can produce any beautiful music out of being angry."
"That's what the name of the game is today: excitement. I'm not doing this just to please myself, although I do hope that it can become successful."

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