“Don’t play everything (or every time); let some things go by. Some music just imagined. What you don’t play can be more important than what you do play.”
- Advice Thelonious Monk gave to jazz saxophonist Steve Lacy
Monk was wisely telling us to leave some space and let the music breathe when we are improvising. To read all of Monk's advice to Steve Lacy, check this out.