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"In pop music, style tends to be determined by what you can't do. That's why limitations are so important, and why pop music presents such a problem to consummate musicians. They don't have a style, because they don't have limitations. And so they end up playing jazz."
Neil Tennant

"Jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny."
Frank Zappa during "Be-Bop Tango" from Roxy & Elsewhere.

"There was this atrocious article in, I think, GQ magazine, a guy mag or whatever. It was a typical, 'Is jazz dead? Yes it is.' The biggest discourse about jazz - in the general media - seems to be that everything's been done, it's all doom and gloom. The only positive twist I can put on it is if that's what's being talked about, it's proof that it is vital. As an artform, jazz is gobbling up everything in its way. It welcomes all these other kinds of music into its fold: that's why people always get into these almost patriotic positions."
Brad Mehldau


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