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Don Ellis
July 25, 1934 - December 17, 1978
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

I got bored with the old way - it came too easy. I worked until I could play and chord changes at any tempo in any key, and then said 'What else is there?' Now I'm finding out.


Because when we are right there is not a band in the world that can touch us!


If one takes all the styles in jazz harmonically from the earliest beginnings to the latest experiments, he still has a rather limited scope when compared to the rest of music in the world.


I expect the audience to come up to my level. I am not interested in compromising my music to make it palatable to an assumed sub-standard mass.


To be a true artist you have to play the way you feel - not the way others think you should feel.


On those long notes behind the trumpet solo, if anyone lets his mind wander for a minute he is dead.


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