"A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission
and the babysitter were worth it."
"When you are working on a script, the story itself is not difficult.
You say this would happen and then this, resulting perhaps in this.
And the dialogue you make as true as you can."
"I always like to think of it as like, I've got 'em sittin' there,
whip a little message at 'em. Whip a little moral at 'em.
Whip a little of what my view of the world is.
Because that's what every good filmmaker does.
You can't change the world. You can't cure the world.
All you can do is be like, This is it through my eyes.
Do you agree or not agree?"
"I'm in the music business for one purpose: to make money."
~Nat King Cole
"If I didn't have to make money,
I would still play my horn."
"Making money ain't nothing exciting to me.
You might be able to buy a little better booze than the wino on the corner.
But you get sick just like the next cat and when you die
you're just as graveyard dead as he is."
“They aim for perfection, and end up going ready, aim, aim, aim. They aren’t prepared to fire because they cannot be certain they will hit the target. Sometimes you just have to fire: you might not hit the target, but you might find out where the target is.”
"I'll try to bring you down. You could get lucky. I might miss."
"You make me pull, I'll put you down."
As a bandleader, I think it's important that we rehearse, develop repertoire and refine our ensemble sound and style. At the same time, I try to emulate the Miles Davis approach: hire the best cats, give them lots of freedom, and embrace the music, wherever it leads.