"Man, that cat is nuts!" –Thelonius Monk on Ornette Coleman
"I don't know where jazz is going. Maybe it's going to hell. You can't make anything go anywhere. It just happens".
"Jazz is freedom. You think about that".
"I say, 'Play your own way. Don't play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you're doing - even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years'."
"All musicians stimulate each other. The vibrations get scattered around."
"If my own work had more importance than any others, it's because the piano is the key instrument in music."
"I always wanted to play the piano, and jazz appealed to me."
"Sometimes it's to your advantage for people to think you're crazy"
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