Oscar Peterson: “(…) it takes time to see how far they will grow before the withering period sets in. Every artist has to have that time. Some will grow and speak with an open mind on their instrument. Others will confine themselves and speak musically with snide remarks. Some will become eclectic. Their talent has to be displayed over a period of time, so you can judge (…) You have to be around and practice your art for a span of, say, fifteen to twenty years, and then it’s decided that you are great. Of course, if you die before that, you automatically become a Great.”

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