Count Basie Quotes

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Count Basie Quotes

Oscar Peterson plays the best ivory box Ive ever heard.
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Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues.

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I never thought innovation as such was very important. Not when you have to think about it ... If you're going to come up with a new direction or a really new way to do something, you'll do it by just playing your stuff and letting it ride. The real innovators did their innovating by just being themselves.

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Keep on listening & tapping your feet.

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If a guy is gonna to play good bop, he has to have a sort of a bop soul.

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Freddie Green has been my right arm for thirty years. And if he leaves the band one day, I'll probably leave with him.

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I'll always remember when I first heard Lester [Young]. I'd never heard anyone like him before. He was a stylist with a different sound. A sound I'd never heard before or since. To be honest with you, I didn't much like it at first.

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Oscar Peterson plays the best ivory box I've ever heard.

— Count Basie

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