Quotes by: Quincy Jones

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I guess hip-hop has been closer to the pulse of the streets than any music we've had in a long time. It's sociology as well as music, which is in keeping with the tradition of black music in America.
Quincy Jones
Music in movies is all about dissonance and consonance, tension and release.
Quincy Jones
Few rappers realize the genre sprang from West African griots through Delta slave songs to jazz poetry and the comedic trash talk of 'the dozens.'
Quincy Jones
I was inspired by a lot of people when I was young. Every band that came through town, to the theater, or the dance hall. I was at every dance, every night club, listened to every band that came through, because in those days we didn't have MTV, we didn't have television.
Quincy Jones
I didn't understand key signatures or anything, you know. I'd say silly things at the top of a trumpet part like, 'Note, when you play B naturals, make the B naturals a half step lower because they sound funny if they're B naturals.' And some guy said: 'Idiot, just put a flat on the third line and it's a key signature, you know?'
Quincy Jones
I started imagining this whole different world. It was a society of musicians, a family I hoped I could belong to one day.
Quincy Jones
We stole a box of honey jars one time and went out in the woods and took care of the whole box. I don't think I touched honey again for 20 years. I never wanted to see honey again.
Quincy Jones
It's amazing how much trouble you can get in when you don't have anything else to do.
Quincy Jones
Just blow in it and sound bad for about a year and then make it sound a little bit better, and you get a little band together, and then you get a few jobs. You take four guys that sound half bad, but if they're 25 percent each, they can give 100 percent, you know?
Quincy Jones
Playing the game, and unfortunately, playing the gangster game is very profitable.
Quincy Jones
Working with kids in Soweto in South Africa, it's rough out there. But the bottom line is you've got to go to know. In Cambodia, there are 10,000 landmines. Same in Afghanistan, same in Colombia. I'm totally addicted to traveling.
Quincy Jones
I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is.
Quincy Jones
Seattle is like a global gumbo, a melting pot with all kinds of people - the rich, the poor, white people, some Chinese, Filipino, Jewish and black people - they're all here.
Quincy Jones
It's easy to get next to music theory, especially between your peers and music classes and so forth. You just pay attention. I had a good ear, so I realized that printed music was just about reminding you what to play.
Quincy Jones
When I was 14, I would sit up in my room and write till my eyes would bleed.
Quincy Jones
Playing the game, and unfortunately, playing the gangster game is very profitable.
Quincy Jones
We were in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the Depression, and every block - it was probably the biggest black ghetto in America - every block also is the spawning ground practically for every gangster, black and white, in America too.
Quincy Jones
Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.
Quincy Jones
We spent most of our life almost like street rats just running around the street until we were ten years old.
Quincy Jones
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