Category Archives: quotations

Bendicule

Here’s something I recorded on Christmas Day this year. A 5 minute guitar improvisation looped. It’s my final comment on the year but tells us nothing new. Your browser does not support the audio element. I happen to be reading … Continue reading

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jazz quotations 4

more in my series of quotations connected to jazz. these ones are not actually from downbeat. So here you’ve got a case where I was playing with Fletcher Henderson, and Fletcher Henderson’s fellows always said to me, “You play those … Continue reading

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quotations 5

There is much talk of a design in the arras. Some are certain they see it. Some see what they have been told to see. Some remember that they saw it once but have lost it. Some are strengthened by … Continue reading

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Micromuseum 10

Another book addition to the micromuseum catalogue. This one dates from 1977 and is a beguiling publication. I had this book lying around (on top of a fender twin reverb to be precise) because I was going to do this … Continue reading

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Jazz Quotations 3

This is the 3rd in my series of jazz quotations drawn from the Downbeat archive. My choices are commentaries and also reflect my own life and concerns. Please do not misunderstand me. I do not claim any of the creation … Continue reading

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Charlus

To go back, now, to the remaining events of the year 1719. The Marquise de Charlus, sister of Mezieres, and mother of the Marquis de Levi, who has since become a duke and a peer, died rich and old.  She … Continue reading

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Gutenberg 3

A few days ago I was just reading the passage below, probably late at night and thought it was so good that I had to make it the first of a new set of quotations from Gutenberg-downloaded texts as I … Continue reading

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Kropotkin/Peróvskaya

I recently finished reading Memoirs of a Revolutionist by Peter Kropotkin – a superb book (especially first two thirds) which I heartily recommend. Kropotkin himself comes over as a man of genius but there are many other characters that appear … Continue reading

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Jazz Quotations 2

some more snippets from the downbeat archive Like a woman at Birdland once asked me why I played so low, so much in the middle register, and not on the top keys. Well, I play where I want to. I … Continue reading

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happy new year

I haven’t been involved with the Occupy movement although I’ve been an observer since its start in Bristol as I was working in the building in front of which the protest was held. I’m sympathetic as most thinking people are … Continue reading

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