„One day, I walked into a place that was full of gambling and prostitution, people arguing, and I saw a woman get stabbed—then I thought that I had to get out of there. I told my mother that I didn’t want to play this music anymore because I thought that I was only adding to all that suffering. She replied, ‚What’s got hold of you, you want somebody to pay you for your soul?‘ I hadn’t thought of that, and when she told me that, it was like I had been re-baptized.“

– Ornette Coleman