Rahsaan Roland Kirk, sleeve notes to Ben Webster: 'Webster's Dictionary' (Philips 1970).
"Unfortunately, the fan of yesterday's jazz often becomes an opponent of today's."
Graham Collier, 'Inside Jazz' (Quartet Books, 1973)
"Hardly any of them would know a good jazz chorus if it fell on them. They have learned, parrot-fashion, the litany of American star names and that is that."
Benny Green on British record producers, 'Scene' magazine, October 5th 1962
"Putting live modern jazz across in this country has been like trying to sell balloons in a cemetery."
Peter Clayton, 'Sunday Telegraph', August 30th 1964
Cannonball Adderley, sleeve notes to 'Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago' (Mercury, 1960)
Cannonball Adderley, sleeve notes to 'The Young Lions' (VeeJay) 1960
"He is the most unimaginative tenorist I have heard this year. His improvisations seem to be solely based on unusual noises (one can hardly describe them as sounds) placed in the most awkward places."
John Martin, review of Wayne Shorter on Wynton Kelly's Kelly Great LP,
Jazz News May 24th 1961
"He was interested in non-chordal playing, and I had cut my teeth on that stuff. He later sent me a letter which included 30 dollars for each lesson, and thanked me."
Ornette Coleman on John Coltrane studying with him during 1960, quoted in sleeve notes to CD reissue of John Coltrane/Don Cherry: 'The Avant-Garde' (issued in 2000)
"Please take that off - discontinue that. I have one word for that - tragedy."
Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, listening to Archie Shepp's recording of 'In A Sentimental Mood', Blindfold Test, DownBeat, 1967
"Great jazz playing is that which is still listenable after the style has ceased to be modern."
Ronnie Scott, Daily Dispatch Jazz Book, 1954