Facts about Steve Lacy

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Steve Lacy was a famous Musician from USA, who lived between July 23, 1934 and June 4, 2004.

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He/she is born under the zodiac leo, who is known for Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative. Our collection contains 41 quotes who is written / told by Steve.

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Famous quotes by Steve Lacy (41)


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"When I heard Monk in person in 1955, he was playing with a quartet in a small club. The place was full of musicians, but there was no public at all"
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"When I found the music of Monk I finally found music that fit that horn. Every one of his tunes fit it perfectly"
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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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"Some people really want to play Mozart and be just performers. I was more interested in invention"
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"Saxophone is one thing, and music is another"
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"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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"I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years, and the possibilities are astounding. It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination"
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"I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed"
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"Whoever has an original thing to say, it is sort of a threat to the status quo"
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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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"Before the work comes to you, you have to invent work"
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"Bamboo is not a weed, it's a flowering plant. Bamboo is a magnificent plant"
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"You must have the music to justify an instrument's extensive use"
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"What I learned with Cecil Taylor was strategy and survival and how to resist temptations and resist getting discouraged"
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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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"People don't want to suffer. They want to sound good immediately, and this is one of the biggest problems in the world"
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"Nobody was playing the soprano saxophone and certainly nobody was trying to do anything with it. So I was all alone. I didn't know that at first"
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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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"To me, there is spirit in a reed. It's a living thing, a weed, really, and it does contain spirit of a sort. It's really an ancient vibration"
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"The potential for the saxophone is unlimited"
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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"
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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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"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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"Circumstances can be very important. Find the right people to work with"
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"Register is very important. Music sounds best in a certain register"
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"Play difficult and interesting things. If you play boring things, you risk losing your appetite. Saxophone can be tedious with too much of the same"
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"Jazz is people's music, a collectivity"
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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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"I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz"
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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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"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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"If you have music you want to play that no one asks you to play, you have to go out and find where you can play it. It's called do or die"
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"I wanted to be a pianist but it just wasn't my thing. I guess I wanted to stand up rather than sit down"
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"You have to sound sad first of all, then maybe later you can sound good"
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"You can work on the saxophone alone, but ultimately you must perform with others"
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"When I first started playing music in 1955, there was just a small body of people that knew it. It was a very esoteric type of thing"
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"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"
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"I was spoiled by Monk's music because it was so good, so complete"
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"I still love the whole history of jazz. The old things sound better than ever"


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