John Kirby: “I believe that jazz, to be good, should be restrained and organized… For that reason I don’t believe in out and out jamming… if a band these days ever expects to gain any recognition, it must be on something more than its ability to ‘get off.’ With that idea as my basic thought, the boys and I realize that the only way we can gain distinction apart from our ability to improvise, is to develop a distinguishing ensemble style, and to prove by arrangements and our ability to execute them that the band is musicianly and versatile.”

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