Steve Lacy Quotes

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Steve Lacy Quotes

The soprano has all those other instruments in it. Its got the soprano song voice, flute, violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach the baritone in intensity.
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I still love the whole history of jazz. The old things sound better than ever.

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Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.

— Steve Lacy

You can work on the saxophone alone, but ultimately you must perform with others.

— Steve Lacy

Bamboo is not a weed, it's a flowering plant. Bamboo is a magnificent plant.

— Steve Lacy

The soprano has all those other instruments in it. It's got the soprano song voice, flute, violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach the baritone in intensity.

— Steve Lacy

I've performed solo for 20 years now, but I don't do much of it, because if you only play alone, you go crazy and out of tune and play foolish music.

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The potential for the saxophone is unlimited.

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Circumstances can be very important. Find the right people to work with.

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It starts with a single sound. If there's something in that sound, then it's worth continuing.

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Kenny G, I have to be grateful to him for proving that the instrument can be played all different kinds of ways.

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Risk is at the heart of jazz. Every note we play is a risk.

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It's very important to go through periods where you sound just rotten and you know it, and you have to persevere or give up.

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The saxophone is a very interesting machine, but I'm more interested in music.

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If you listen to Louis Armstrong from 1929, you will never hear anything better than that really, and you will never hear anything more free than that.

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I've always been extremely lucky in playing with great people who knew much more than I did. That's how I got from there to here.

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If you're trying to invent something new, you're going to reach a lot of discouraging points, and most people give up.

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I fell in love with jazz when I was 12 years old from listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of jazz in New York on the radio.

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I heard Sidney Bechet play a Duke Ellington piece and fell in love with the soprano saxophone.

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I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz.

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Register is very important. Music sounds best in a certain register.

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The more original something is, the more of a threat it seems until the people catch up with it. That happened with Thelonious Monk. It happened with anybody who is really original.

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There is an awful lot of what I call recreational jazz going on, where people go out and learn a particular language or style and become real sharks on somebody else's language.

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A young pianist & composer who has demonstrated an exceptional creativity, in both his playing & his writing, as well as showing us all, his very strong commitment & motivation to aim for high musical goals. Talent like his is rare.

— Steve Lacy

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