Johnnie Taylor, the blues singer, called me up one day and said I ought to play some rock and roll. No. No way. The blues, yes, that’s my heart. And let me play some Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, good standards, improvise on those. But play rock and roll? No, sir, that just isn’t music to me. I’d wash dishes first.
–Red Garland, pianist, quoted in Jazz Matters: Reflections on the Music and Some of its Makers.
Michael J. West says
John Salmon says
It finally came true, though-now there really is a kind of “music” that old heads can say “that ain’t music!” about, and be right–rap.