Elvin. Jones.


“First of all you have to listen till you can hear it and then you have to play until you can play it. It‘s as simple as that.”

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“I tried not to make mistakes, and sometimes you make them anyway. It‘s just that one has to be aware, constantly aware, because things don‘t happen by themselves. Your intellect is guiding everything. Your experience with your instrument gives you the wear-with-all, the confidence to know that you can play any pattern that you wish because you‘ve worked on it for 15 or 20 years. You should feel confident in yourself in that way, I know I do. It never bothers me. If you want to play, play! I try to do the best I can.”