Legile jazzului, aşa cum i s-au revelat lui Thelonious Monk

Just because you’re not a drummer, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to keep time.
Pat your foot + sing the melody in your head, when you play.
Stop playing all (that bullshit) those weird notes, play the melody!
Make drummer sound good.
Discrimination is important.
You’ve got to dig it dig it, you dig?
All reet!
Always know… (Monk)
It must be always night, otherwise they woudn’t need the lights.
Let’s lift the band stand!!
Avoid the hecklers.
Don’t play the piano part. I’m playing that. Don’t listen to me, I’m supposed to be accompaning you!
The inside of the tune (the bridge) is the part that marks the outside sound good.
Don’t play everything (or everytime); let some things go by. Some music just imagined. What you don’t play can be more important than what you do.
A note can be small as a pin or big as the world, it depends on your imagination.
Stay in shape! Sometimes a musician waits for a gig + when it comes, he’s out of shape + can’t make it.
When you’re swinging, swing more! (What should we wear tonight? Sharp as possible!)
Always leave them wanting more.
Don’t sound anybody for a gig, just be on the scene.
Those pieces were written so as to have something to play + to get cats interested enough to come to rehearsal.
You’ve got it! If you don’t want to play, tell a joke or dance, but in any case, you got it! (To a drummer who didn’t want to solo)
Whatever you think can’t be done, somebody will come along + do it. A genius is the one most like himself.
They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along + spoil it.

[Transcripţia fotocopiei, publicată iniţial pe Letters of Note]



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