Bill Evans on Commitment, Experience, Dedication

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“Anybody who appreciates the commitment, the experience and dedication required for the playing of top flight professional jazz, must realize the tremendous demands on the person playing it. By the same token, the music is sophisticated enough to be a challenge for the audience.

“You cannot, just for the price of a big amplifier and an electric guitar, expect to plumb the depths of music in six months, no matter what your genius. It takes years and years of experience even to scratch the surface of the most elementary kind of music that has any significance.”

Source: Bill Evans Blindfold Test Pt. 2, by Leonard Feather, Down Beat, July 23, 1970 // Bill Evans Photo

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