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It’s easy to get next to music theory, especially between your peers and music classes and so forth. You just pay attention. I had a…
When I was about five or seven years old my mother was placed in a mental institution and so we were with our father who…
I was inspired by a lot of people when I was young. Every band that came through town, to the theater, or the dance hall.…
Cherish your mistakes, and you won’t keep making them over and over again. It’s the same with heartbreaks and girls and everything else. Cherish them,…
After every war, there was a significant change in the music, and I can understand how that happened. If you participate in protecting the country,…
Just blow in it and sound bad for about a year and then make it sound a little bit better, and you get a little…
When you work with Ray Charles, Billy Eckstine and Frank Sinatra, and you tell them to jump without a net, you better know what you’re…
We stole a box of honey jars one time and went out in the woods and took care of the whole box. I don’t think…
If you started in New York you were dealing with the biggest guys in the world. You’re dealing with Charlie Parker and all the big…
Bebop and hip-hop, in so many ways, they’re connected. A lot of rappers remind me so much of bebop guys in terms of improvisation, beats…
You make your mistakes to learn how to get to the good stuff.
You cannot get an A if you’re afraid of getting an F.
When you produce an album, you’re dealing with it theatrically. It has to have a structure, and the inner response to that is that the…
Sidney Poitier and Sidney Lumet were instrumental in helping me get started as the first black composer to get name credit for movie scores.
The climate in the ’50s and ’60s for black performers or black people in the entertainment business was atrocious. It was atrocious.
Music in movies is all about dissonance and consonance, tension and release.
My son is a hip-hop producer.
I’m not a psychiatrist.
I’ve met every freak in the business.
I travel like a maniac. I travel more than anyone I know. I love learning the languages.
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