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Re: Yogi Berra Explains Jazz
Oh, man, that is the shit. Thanks for that.
> Hi all,
> *Now for something completely different* -- but still /apropos/ methinks.
> This was sent to me by my friend (and one of my favorite drummers
> in SoCal) Dr. Bob Sterling -- some months ago. I dig it out now for what
> I think should be obvious reasons.
> **Yogi Berra Explains Jazz**
> *Interviewer:* Can you explain jazz?
> *Yogi:* I can't, but I will. 90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The
> 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, it's right. If you play the right part, it might be right if
> 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
> 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