Charles Mingus Quotes

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Charles Mingus Quotes

I admire anyone who can come up with something original. But not originality alone, because there can be originality in stupidity, with no musical description of any emotion or any beauty the man has seen, or any kind of life he has lived.
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I'm going to keep on finding out the kind of man I am through my music. That's the one place I can be free. But the reason it's difficult is because I'm changing all the time.

— Charles Mingus

Everything I do is Mingus.

— Charles Mingus

My son's a painter. All through school his teachers tell him he's a genius. I tell him to paint me an apple that looks like an apple before he paints me one that doesn't. Go where you can go, but start from someplace recognizable.

— Charles Mingus

Bach is how buildings got taller. It's how we got to the moon.

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Just because I'm playing Jazz I don't forget about me. I play or write me the way I feel through Jazz.

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Most customers, by the time the musicians reach the second set, are to some extent inebriated. They don't care what you play anyway.

— Charles Mingus

It (jazz) isn't like it used to be. The guys aren't together. They're all separated. Individuals now. Bird was a symbol. It was a clique, a clique of people. Who all believed in one thing: gettin' high. And playin'.

— Charles Mingus

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