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Gerry Mulligan Quotes

Actually, it is a fact that I've been doing more writing than playing in recent years.

Because if you've got the wit, you can make anything into a melody, ultimately.

Eliminating the piano means that I've always worked closer with the bass than most players.

I like what I hear other guys doing, but the thing that really attracts me is melodic playing.

I'm fascinated with the electronic devices that we can mess around with.

I've always wanted a C trumpet on top, to have that same kind of facility without shouting.

I've appeared on some other people's albums.

If you've only got one horn playing, I still want the sense of ensemble.

In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.

In fact, I heard Bird first, and had got well into listening to him. You know, it's the kind of accidental thing that awareness of a player is: what's available, what somebody happens to play for you.

It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way, rather than a band way.

Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays.

New York is still where I live most of the time.

Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones.

Only the French, I guess, really use tenor and alto to any great extent in the orchestra.

People are approaching electronic levels in music; although not all of it happens to tickle my fancy.

People talk about innovations and evolutions and that kind of thing; I don't understand about that nonsense. It's like, all instruments are there to use all the time.

So I played alto for quite a while until I saved up the money for the baritone.

The baritone can serve functions that the alto and tenor cannot, in orchestral voicing.

The first reason for starting to do the symphony concerts was to play this new piece of mine.