Compatible Quotes: Don Ellis

I got bored with the old way – it came too easy. I worked until I could play any chord changes at any tempo in any key, and then said ‘What else is there?’ Now I’m finding out.

Don Ellis facing left

I expect the audience to come up to my level. I am not interested in compromising my music to make it palatable to an assumed sub-standard mass.

If one takes all the styles in jazz harmonically from the earliest beginnings to the latest experiments, he still has a rather limited scope when compared to the rest of music in the world.

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  1. Rob D says

    Great quotes..I can particularly nod in agreement with the middle one. My mother once advised me, on hearing me complain about the difficulty of reading a new novel, that it was up to me to come up to the author’s level, not the other way around. Her advice works for the enjoyment of the arts in general.

  2. says

    Yeah, the quote in the middle is a badass one. That kinda makes an elite audience and a level-up appreciation of the music as art.