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Branford Marsalis Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Branford Marsalis.

Pop doesn't really look back.
It can't.
What makes pop work is simplicity.
- Branford Marsalis

I'm not going to play funk licks on a jazz album.
That makes no sense.
- Branford Marsalis

There's not one Tin Pan Alley song on my record.
- Branford Marsalis

I gave up my base in popular culture when I left the Tonight Show.
- Branford Marsalis

 

I think that one of the problems that jazz has is that
it's so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself.
- Branford Marsalis

The whole point is, give me a break with the standards.
You go to the average jazz label and suggest a record
and they want to know which standards you're going to play.
I'm saying let's break the formula.
- Branford Marsalis

It's hard to get into Newsweek because,
as more of our former intellectual magazines take on a pop focus,
if there's no buzz, there's no interest.
- Branford Marsalis

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It's something that jazz has gotten away from,
and it's unfortunate.
Players aren't physical anymore.
- Branford Marsalis

One of the things that I loved about listening to Miles
Davis is that Miles always had an instinct for which
musicians were great for what situations.
He could always pick a band, and that was the thing
that separated him from everybody else.
- Branford Marsalis

My dad was a musician, it was just what he did,
like another guy's dad drives a meat truck.
Our house was normal.
We weren't taken with the fact our dad was a musician.
- Branford Marsalis

The biggest problem with American music right now,
is that kids don't listen.
They come by it honestly, Americans don't listen anyway.
When people go to concerts, they say I'm going to see...
not, I'm going to hear.
- Branford Marsalis

We played it as long as we could play it on that CD
and I think it might be 50 minutes,
maybe.
What you have to do is play a couple of songs and then
get off the stage because everything that trails it sounds stupid.
- Branford Marsalis

What is jazz? It, It's almost like asking,
What is French? Jazz is a musical language.
It's a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.
- Branford Marsalis

If I were like a lot of other people,
then it wouldn't be fun; but since I'm like me,
it's okay.
- Branford Marsalis

If it's not going to sound like Terrapin Station,
what's the point of playing Terrapin Station?
- Branford Marsalis

You hear it in your brain.
Whatever makes sense.
Some songs work well as quartet songs,
sometimes they don't.
- Branford Marsalis

Humans are imperfect.
That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble.
We're on the quest for the perfect performance and
every note has to be right.
Man, every note is not right in life.
- Branford Marsalis

One of the things that's clear to me from interviews
that I've read is that the more popular successful
jazz musicians had audiences above and beyond the music community.
- Branford Marsalis

I suspect that we might actually start selling some
records with these artists in about 10 years.
Some the people who invested, they're a little tight-because
it's a lot of money to start up a company.
- Branford Marsalis

I think that if you keep banging at the door all you
need is a little foothold,
a little tiny foothold, and then the rest will take care of itself.
- Branford Marsalis

There's a certain kind of motion and pacing that our music has,
and this just doesn't have that.
We just kind of rushed to the conclusion of most of the songs.
I just would've preferred to done them over.
- Branford Marsalis

Jazz fans love Miles and I love him for a myriad of reasons,
but the overviews are always too simplistic.
- Branford Marsalis

The lion's share of what I hear right now are people who,
intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960.
And all the musicians who were successful in the '60s
spent their entire lives,
prior to 1960, listening to all the musicians these people avoid.
- Branford Marsalis

The piano is the X factor.
People have a tough time following the structures when there's no piano there,
spelling it out.
It makes it more easily understood, particularly to
people who don't know as much about music.
- Branford Marsalis

I like to make records sound good.
I'm more like a reducer than a producer.
If an artist cannot produce themselves,
what's the point?
- Branford Marsalis

A lot of musicians have a tough time hearing what we're doing in a trio format.
- Branford Marsalis

That's kind of like how jazz is sometimes.
You're out there predicting the future,
and no one believes you.
- Branford Marsalis

Coltrane came to New Orleans one day and he was talking about the jazz scene.
And Coltrane mentions that the problem with jazz was
that there were too few groups.
- Branford Marsalis

If you listen to a lot of the songs that are popular now,
there's very little melody in there.
People love the beat.
But to musicians, it's melody, because we understand
how elusive it is and how hard it is to hold.
- Branford Marsalis

When you're dealing with music without words,
titles are more a means of identification than anything else.
What's the point of getting lofty?
- Branford Marsalis

If you're going to use standards as criteria for signing musicians,
you can sign thousands.
If you're going to use some sort of conceptual interpretation
that's based on the tradition of those standards,
but is trying to move away from it, you're down to about 10 people or so.
- Branford Marsalis

I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists.
- Robert Indiana

It worries me that young singers think you can shortcut
the training and go straight to fame and fortune,
and programmes like Pop Idol have encouraged that.
- Lesley Garrett

Certain people want to see me solely as a pop act,
but there are many different sides to Christina Aguilera besides the pop girl.
- Christina Aguilera

We thought it would be great to see if you could put
pop music back into musical theater.
- Neil Tennant

I become more seasoned, it's less interesting to try
and compete in the pop market.
- Sheryl Crow

We're a pop art band.
Not a pop band.
- Chris Stein

I wish I could have 25,000 years of my personal family
history documented in a very powerful computer or a
CD-ROM that I could just pop in and my computer would never crash.
- Brendan Fraser

That's one wonderful thing about country music -
it shifts,
ebbs, and flows stylistically, unlike pop music.
- Steven Curtis Chapman

Sometimes, I write '60s or '80s style pop songs.
- Peter Steele

When I was very young I wanted to be a professional horseback rider.
Then I wanted to be a pop singer.
Then I wanted to be a psychiatrist.
Then I wanted to be a movie director.
- Rebecca De Mornay

The novel is always pop art, and the novel is always dying.
That's the only way it stays alive.
It does really die.
I've been thinking about that a lot.
- Leslie Fiedler

Besides, it doesn't make any sense to have these characters
living in the year 3000 when all their points of reference
are from the pop culture of the 80's and the 90's.
- Joel Hodgson

There's one site where you can buy pictures of me for five bucks a pop.
- Nicholas Lea

Jazz radio is not very friendly to pop singers who
decide to make a jazz record.
But a lot of people have been.
A lot of the people I've talked to like the record.
- Rita Coolidge

I see songs not as a commodity used up when the album goes off the charts,
which is often the case with pop songs.
I see them as a body of work.
Life should be breathed into them.
- Sting

In pop or rock you can make a fast song or a slow one,
but in disco there is really just the one rhythm.
- Giorgio Moroder

I always loved Sam Cooke, because he seemed very versatile.
He sang gospel, soul, blues, pop music.
- Aaron Neville

Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity,
but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living.
- Ethel Merman

I am not a pop musician; I don't want to play bubble-gummy pop stuff.
- Neil Schon

I think that pop, and to some extent rock,
are like sport and fashion industry in that they're
about the exuberance of youth.
That's the sort of subliminal ideology.
- Robert Wyatt

A lot of power-pop comes out of LA, a lot of speed
metal comes out of New York.
- Layne Staley

It's refreshing to hear something that's pop but doesn't
sound like Britney Spears.
- Siobhan Fahey

The experiences of promoting my first album were really something;
there is so much illusion in my environment (touring
and pop music) that I wanted to clear away.
- Duncan Sheik

I consider the Stooges to be pop music.
- Siobhan Fahey

Pop art is the inedible raised to the unspeakable.
- Leonard Baskin

It was the business that made Pop go away,
not our inability to create.
- Jeffrey Katzenberg

I'm not big on Champagne, but I'd take along a bottle
of Cristal to pop for when the boat comes to the rescue.
- Sam Neill

I like their darkness but I also like the pop-side
of the Velvet Underground.
- Martin Gore

I wanted to get rid of the element that had been considered essential in pop music:
the voice.
- Brian Eno

It's up to us to take pop culture back and to express
quality and dignity for both boys and girls.
- Ashley Judd

Shaft was a pop culture figure along t he lines of,
I guess, Dirty Harry - except that he wasn't as much of a racist.
So yeah, I was always a fan.
- Jeffrey Wright

I pop gum.
My parents get so annoyed with me.
I know my dad wishes he never taught me how to do that.
- Hilary Duff

It was important for me to duck out of the fast and
furious life I'd been living as a pop star.
I was in a different mood.
- Cat Stevens

Our centers spread the floor, shoot the three and block shots.
We can play pick and pop.
- Steve Nash

It was when I saw Iggy Pop, that's what did it for me.
That changed my life pretty much.
- Alan Vega

In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up.
- Larry Niven

Every once in a while, someone will mail me a single
popcorn kernel that didn't pop.
I'll get out a fresh kernel, tape it to a piece of
paper and mail it back to them.
- Orville Redenbacher

Yeah, I don't deal with current events or pop culture,
and I avoid politics like the plague.
- Max Cannon

I've always thought that actors wanted to be pop musicians
and pop musicians wanted to be actors.
- Gary Kemp

I've got cousins galore.
Mexicans just spread all their seeds.
And the women just pop them out.
- Jessica Alba


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