Quotes by Carla Bley

Carla Bley

American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader

Alive from: 1936-

Category: Music | Politics

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    Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker seemed so sophisticated and bad. I wanted to be like that.
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    It would be really hard to get serious about anything political today unless it was a joke.
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    Listening is more important than anything else because that's what music is. Somebody is playing something and you're receiving it. It is sending and receiving.
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    Living composers writing for big band are very few and far between. There are not a lot of them, and I have a talent for doing it. I am zeroing in on what I do best.
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    One performer whose band played my music better than I could myself was Art Farmer. He recorded 'Sing Me Softly of the Blues' and 'Ad Infinitum'.
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    There are times when what's happening in rock is the best music in the world, and there are times when there is nothing worthwhile at all.
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    When Ronald Reagan was elected I was on a bus traveling with a band in France. I wrote a little arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner in a minor key.
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    When you are studying jazz, the best thing to do is listen to records or listen to live music. It isn't as though you go to a teacher. You just listen as much as you can and absorb everything.
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    When you have 13 horns, and one is soloing, you have 12 people to play the richest, fullest chord you could ever imagine behind that solo.
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