“I’m not a star. I’ll never be a Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley or a Ray Charles. I’m just an imitator, man. I’m doing a very bad imitation on the bass of Jerry Jemmott, Bernard Odum, Jimmy Fielder, Jimmy Blanton, Igor Stravinsky, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, James Brown, Charlie Parker… the cats, man. I’m just backing up the cats” Jaco Pastorius

   “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.”Tom Waits

      "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. Albert Schweitzer

      “In my music, I’m trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it’s difficult is because I’m changing all the time.” Charles Mingus

      “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” Frank Zappa

      “I often wonder? What did Coltrane think of James Brown?” Steve Coleman

      “And I know I'm paranoid and neurotic, I've made a career out of it.” Thom Yorke

      "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marley





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