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Wayne Shorter Great Quotes

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I always think of music as interior decoration. So, if you have all kinds of music, you are fully decorated !

A series of vibrations. What does it matter, the source of the catalyst?

You know the actor John Garfield? In one movie he walked up to this train station, the ticket booth, and the guy says, 'Yes, where are you going?' And he says, 'I want a ticket to nowhere.' I thought: that's it. The freedom to do that. I want a ticket to nowhere.

The word "jazz" means to me no category, but when you get stuck into wanting to do something the way it was with the "jazz emblem" or logo chained around your neck, you play in a frozen moment in time and you keep fermenting the 'fifties saying jazz should be this way or that. Well, if jazz to me means no category, then I've got the green light And if it sounds like.. sounds like.. sounds like, and keeps crossing over, it's what I wanted to do in the first place. I like the way Stravinsky and those guys did things. They expressed something, if not themselves. In fact, some people talk about expression, but expression really doesn't mean anything to me because there's a lot of work which goes into building a drama and then it's up to other people to offer "expression." Expression is such a nebulous thing.


Wayne Shorter is generally acknowledged to be jazz's greatest living composer, and many of his compositions have become standards. Shorter's output has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise and various commendations, including multiple Grammy Awards. Shorter first came to wide prominence in the late 1950s as a member of, and eventually primary composer for, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers

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