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"You have an instrument, don't you? Either play it or throw it away."

- to Gigi Gryce, complaining about a part Monk wrote for him.

"You play saxophone, right? Well, the music is on the horn. You should be able to find it."

- to Bean and Trane, having difficulty reading.

From Jazz Is, by Natt Hentoff, 1976
 

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I had a sax teacher years ago say, "if miles didn't like a solo you played he'd yell at you. , Monk might knife you". funny at the time. Monks music was revolutionary . K
 
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