Sonny Rollins Quotes

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Sonny Rollins Quotes

But if I didnt have to make money, I would still play my horn.
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It's all about creation and surprise. It just needs to be appreciated and watered like flowers. You have to water flowers. These peaks will come again.

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I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking themselves to death and not really being able to get any work and working in small, funky jazz clubs.

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Europeans really provided many venues over there and hailed the jazz artists, and a lot of musicians went over there and stayed over there for a long time. A lot of them moved over there, lived over there, and died over there.

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What I am more concerned about is whether our whole civilization will be around in the next 25 years.

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Even the most jingoistic person would have to admit that even American cultural music comes from Europe. That's what classical music is, real European music.

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I think as long as people are around and can hear a record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording, there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz.

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Music represents nature. Nature represents life. Jazz represents nature. Jazz is life.

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I think music should be judged on what it is. It should be very high and above everything else. It is a beautiful way of bringing people together, a little bit of an oasis in this messed-up world.

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The thing is this: When I play, what I try to do is to reach my subconscious level. I don't want to overtly think about anything, because you can't think and play at the same time - believe me, I've tried it (laughs).

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Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things and still be jazz.

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Jazz never ends ... it just continues.

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How ironic that the Negro, who more than any other people can claim America's culture as his own, is being persecuted and repressed; that the Negro, who has exemplified the humanities in his very existence, is being rewarded with inhumanity.

— Sonny Rollins

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