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It's something that jazz has gotten away from, and it's unfortunate. Players aren't physical anymore.
It's hard to get into Newsweek because, as more of our former intellectual magazines take on a pop focus, if there's no buzz, there's no interest.
If you're going to use standards as criteria for signing musicians, you can sign thousands. If you're going to use some sort of conceptual interpretation that's based on the tradition of those standards, but is trying to move away from it, you're down to about 10 people or so.
If you listen to a lot of the songs that are popular now, there's very little melody in there. People love the beat. But to musicians, it's melody, because we understand how elusive it is and how hard it is to hold.
If it's not going to sound like Terrapin Station, what's the point of playing Terrapin Station?
If I were like a lot of other people, then it wouldn't be fun; but since I'm like me, it's okay.
I'm not going to play funk licks on a jazz album. That makes no sense.
I think that one of the problems that jazz has is that it's so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself.
I think that if you keep banging at the door all you need is a little foothold, a little tiny foothold, and then the rest will take care of itself.
I suspect that we might actually start selling some records with these artists in about 10 years. Some the people who invested, they're a little tight-because it's a lot of money to start up a company.
I like to make records sound good. I'm more like a reducer than a producer. If an artist cannot produce themselves, what's the point?
I gave up my base in popular culture when I left the Tonight Show.
Humans are imperfect. That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble. We're on the quest for the perfect performance and every note has to be right. Man, every note is not right in life.
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