Quotations by Les Baxter

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Born: Tuesday, March 14, 1922
Died: Monday, January 15, 1996 (73 years old)
Profession: Musician
Nationality: American


Any good music must be an innovation.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Music, Innovation)

I aim my arrangements at what will fit and colorfully frame the song in the best way possible.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Song, Will)

I did the Broadway album unfortunately in a year when there were no hits.
- Les Baxter

I don't know what the problem with Capitol is. Some one's got to wake 'em up. Prod 'em a little bit.
- Les Baxter

I don't think the record company is aware of it. Because they just bury my albums and don't release them.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Company)

I don't try to make 15 musicians sound like two each.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Musicians, Sound)

I love doing concert music.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Love, Music)

I was working all the time I was in college. I was working so much that I could hardly do my college work.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Time, Work, College)

I write emotional music.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Music)

I'm not an intellectual composer.
- Les Baxter

I've been down there 6 times and there's nothing like Brazilian percussion.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Nothing)

I've never believed in cheapening music by going according to what some people think is public taste.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Music, People, Public, Taste)

In a sense, a hit belongs to the person who made it popular, but if a tune is good enough to attain tremendous success, then it certainly deserves more than one version, one treatment, one approach.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Success, Popular, Sense, Treatment)

Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Imagination, Challenge, Musicians, Popular, Song)

That was when the Spanish came in and conquered the Aztecs. I thought that was a clever thing.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Thought)

Under my contract with Capitol, I have complete freedom to do just about anything I want in my own way.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Freedom, Want)

Well, that's the secret of commerciality, a simple style and you stick with it.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Style)

When I want 30 musicians in the orchestra, I get 30.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Musicians, Want)

You know, they wanted to do a Broadway album and every show was kind of a bomb. There was no music at all.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Music)







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