Christian McBride quotes

  • Make no mistake, this music is for everyone. Jazz is not an exclusive, elite club. Go ahead, listen to your Snoop Doggy Dog, Pearl Jam, Garth Brooks, but add a little Ellington, Basie and Coltrane to your life as well.
    -- Christian McBride

    #Music #Dog #Mistake

  • Watch your attitude. I don't mean to sound like so much of an old head, but there is another generation behind me, out there, doing it now. I find that, with the whole hip-hop generation, there's a lot of attitude. Whether it's confidence or arrogance or whichever, I will always say to a young guy, “Nobody wants to work with an asshole.” You know, you can still be a great player. You can still play all of the baddest licks in the world. But if you don't have a good attitude, nobody's going to work with you.
    -- Christian McBride

    #Attitude #Mean #Player

  • I've always felt that most jazz artists don't need producers .. most jazz artists know what kind of sound they want. They don't need a producer to come in there and tell them, "Oh, I think you should do this." I've always found it very strange that there's been such a thing as producers in jazz.
    -- Christian McBride

    #Artist #Thinking #Sound

  • For my money, Ray Brown is the greatest living bass player. Every great thing that's happened on bass since Ray Brown -- all of us point back to him. That's where it started, you know. Ray Brown is definitely a walking master, and to get to play with him is obviously an opportunity that no one should ever pass up.
    -- Christian McBride

    #Opportunity #Player #Bass

  • The most significant bands I played in when I first got to New York were Bobby Watson's band, Roy Hargrove's first band, Benny Golson's band, Benny Green's trio, and probably the most significant out of all of those, for me personally, was playing in Freddie Hubbard's band.
    -- Christian McBride

    #New York #Band #Green

  • I'm really not this jazz traditionalist guy you've been making me out to be all of these years.
    -- Christian McBride

    #Years #Guy #Jazz

  • When you think of diversity, George Duke fits that bill better than a lot of people. He's played a lot of straight-ahead jazz with people like Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley; he's played a lot of fusion with his own groups, with Stanley Clarke; and, you know, he did the rock thing with Frank Zappa. He's written all kinds of big arrangements for people like Burt Bacharach. So, he's covered the board. He's still a great pianist.
    -- Christian McBride

    #Thinking #Rocks #Diversity

  • To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.

  • If you don't have sex and you don't do drugs, your rock 'n' roll better be awfully good.

  • I don't know how I'm gonna pick up a bat again. I just need to be away for a bit and play with my dogs.

  • I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.

  • If you want to have a good life, you should focus on your family, on your business, on your dog, on your fun, and you'll have a good life.

  • I've been living in Portland for five months and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I probably won't really know for years because that's how it works right? You don't really develop feelings about a place till you've left it. It's like a girl or a dog.

  • Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.

  • There's a lot we should be able to learn from history. And yet history proves that we never do. In fact, the main lesson of history is that we never learn the lessons of history. This makes us look so stupid that few people care to read it. They'd rather not be reminded. Any good history book is mainly just a long list of mistakes, complete with names and dates. It's very embarrassing.

  • Future generations may or may not judge Wittgenstein to be one of the great philosophers. Even if they do not, however, he is sure always to count as one of the great personalities of philosophy. From our perspective it is easy to mistake one for the other; which he is time will tell.

  • People think computers will keep them from making mistakes. They're wrong. With computers you make mistakes faster.