Improvisation

A Quote by Miles Davis on improvisation, miles davis, music, and invention

In improvisation, there are no mistakes.

Miles Davis (1926 - 1991)

Contributed by: jupiters moon

A Quote by Jack Kerouac on improvisation, music, and jazz

Here’s a guy and everyboy’s there, right? Up to him to put down what’s on everybody else’s mind. He starts the first chorus, then lines up his ideas, people, yeah, yeah, but get it, and then rises to his fate and has to blow equal to it. All of a sudden somwhere in the middle of the chorus he gets IT- everybody looks up and knows; they listen; he picks it up and carries. Time stops. He’s filling empty space with the substance of our lives, confessions of his bellybottom strain, remembrance of ideas, rehashes of old blowing. He has to blow across bridges and come back and do it with such infinite feeling soul-exploratory for the tune of the moment that everybody knows its not the tune that counts but IT

Jack Kerouac (1922 - 1969)

Source: On the Road

Contributed by: DBOZ

A Quote by Yehudi Menuhin on life and improvisation

We embark unhesitatingly on the path, in a direction that is absolutely right and urgent, supported by everyone, in the knowledge that this path is but a learning process…[We] have to keep on learning, creating, applying, by-passing, touching upon, refining and clarifying a number of notions and details that need to be improvised and applied and which, thank God, we cannot foresee. The only rigidity lies in our will, our conviction that we are on the right road and that our initiatives are most pressing.

Yehudi Menuhin (1916 -)

Contributed by: DBOZ

A Quote by Josephine Baker on music and improvisation

. . . I improvised, crazed by the music. . . . Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone.

Josephine Baker

Contributed by: DBOZ

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