Artie Shaw, quoted in the sleeve notes to Benny Goodman: The Complete Capitol Trios
"What I do is very superficial and very obvious. What I do takes about five minutes to figure out. How much more useful would it be to spend time analysing a Charlie Parker solo?"
David Sanborn, Jazz FM magazine 1991
Andre Previn listening to John Coltrane's 'Dahomey Dance', Blindfold Test, DownBeat magazine 1963
"It wasn't unusual to even hear some of the younger players sniggering at his attempts to play free music."
Brian Blain, obituary of Tubby Hayes, Cream magazine 1973
"A jazz musician is supposed to make a tune sound not like itself, but like himself, and this is what Davis did."
Benny Green, sleeve notes to UK issue of Kind of Blue, 1960
Thelonious Monk's response to Oscar Peterson's 'Easy Listenin' Blues', Blindfold Test, DownBeat magazine 1966.