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Stan Getz - Great Quotes

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"Musically, I love to talk just off the top of my head & that's what Jazz is all about."
"I compulsively reach for perfection in music, often at the expense of everything else in my life."

"Other than conversation, no other art form can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction like Jazz."

"I cannot play a lie. I have to believe in what I play or it won't come out."

"People involve themselves with the superficiality of Jazz without digging for its soul."

"As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction."

"A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other's ideas."

"The saxophone is an imperfect instrument, especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes. The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument that is outside of your body."

"I played in rhumba bands, mickey mouse bands; all kinds of bands."

"If you like an instrument that sings, play the saxophone. At its best it's like the human voice"

"I came from an era when we didn't use electronic instruments. The bass wasn't even amplified. The sound was the sound you got."

"Records used to be documents, but now record companies want product".

"We made records to document ourselves, not to sell a lot of records. I still feel that way. I put out a record because I think it's beautiful, not necessarily commercial."

"Life is too full of distractions nowadays. When I was a kid we had a little Emerson radio and that was it. We were more dedicated. We didn't have a choice."

"My dark sound could be heard across a room clearer than somebody with a reedy sound. It had more projection. My sound always seemed to fill a room".

"You can read all the textbooks and listen to all the records, but you have to play with musicians that are better than you".

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