Makes sense to me.

Fred Dabney
Sat Nov 20 17:14:49 EST 2004

Forwarded from a friend of  friend...

Yogi Berra on jazz:

Interviewer:  "What do you expect is in store for the future of jazz

Yogi: "I'm thinkin' there'll be a group of guys who've never met  talkin'
about it all the time.."

Interviewer: Can you explain  jazz?

Yogi: I can't, but I  will.  90% of all jazz is half improvisation.  The
other half is the part people play while others are playing something they
never played  with anyone who played that part.  So if you play the wrong
part, its  right.  If you play the right part, it might be right if you play
it wrong enough.  But if you play it too right, it's wrong.

Interviewer: I don't understand.

Yogi:  Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can't understand it.  It's
too complicated.  That's what's so simple about it.

Interviewer: Do you understand it?

Yogi:  No.  That's why I can explain it.   If I understood it, I wouldn't
know anything about  it.

Interviewer: Are there any great jazz players alive today?

Yogi:  No.  All the great jazz players alive today are dead.  Except for the
ones that are still alive.  But so many of  them are dead, that the ones
that are still alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead.  Some
would kill for it.

Interviewer: What is "syncopation"?

Yogi: That's when the note that you should hear now happens either before or
after you hear it.  In jazz, you don't hear notes when they happen because
that would be some other type of music. Other types of music can be jazz,
but only if they're the same as something different from those other kinds.

Interviewer: Now I really don't understand.

Yogi: I haven't taught you enough for you to not understand  jazz that well.

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