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Mose Allison Quotes


An American jazz blues pianist and singer.
(1927 - )

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All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em sang blues.
[Blues]
 

And Lennie Tristano I like a lot, I still like him.
 

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.
 

At this point, I don't listen to other people too much. I'm not really that affected by anyone.
 

But I got an audience that knows what I do. They usually show up, so I usually do pretty good.
 

I been getting good crowds. It only took 50 years.
 

I can't judge my own stuff. That's for others. But those are the three things that I admire.
 

I do some concerts. At the moment, I'm being helped a lot by a gig I play in London, which is Pizza Express.
 

I do very few standards. Hardly any. Other people's tunes that I do are usually obscure tunes, for the most part, although I do a couple of Duke Ellington tunes that are well known.
 

I finally decided if I was going to make a living, I was gonna have to come to New York.
 

I have no idea what I'm doin'. I've never seen me.
 

I haven't stopped and I don't plan on stoppin' any time soon.
 

I just have a lot off different influences.
 

I just try to do as good job with the material as I can and play some jazz as well, some improvised music, and do that every night. Just see where it goes.
 

I never sit down and write. I just sorta let things form in my brain.
 

I sang and wrote songs when I was 12 years old.
 

I went through the whole number, you know. The swing era, the boogie woogie era, the bebop era. Thelonious Monk is still one of my favorites. So a lot of these people had their effect on me.
 

I'm always storing away phrases and ideas and things that I think might turn into songs.
 

I'm playin' music for a certain type of person. Fortunately, there are more and more of us. At least there are more comin' to see me than there were 30 years ago or so.
 

I'm playin' the music I like.
 


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