There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play, which is dangerously, where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before.

Dave Brubeck (via bewitchedbeguiled)

Modern Jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the reasons I believe in jazz is that the oneness of man can come through the rhythm of your heart. It’s the same anyplace in the world, that heartbeat. It’s the first thing you hear when you’re born — or before you’re born — and it’s the last thing you hear.

Dave Brubeck

I was never really “away” from jazz. Even when I wasn’t putting out records, even when I didn’t have a saxophone in my hand, I was running changes in my head, pretty much every waking hour.

Dexter Gordon

I am a spiritual person to the extent that I understand what life is about, how difficult it is. And I know how difficult it is for me to kind of be the person I want to be, with better eating habits, better exercise habits, and most importantly, better Golden Rule habits towards other people. All these things, according to my spiritual belief, are important for the development of my soul.

Sonny Rollins