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By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

The music speaks for itself!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I really liked Wynton when I first met him. He's still a nice young man, only confused.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I couldn't do "What's Love Got To Do With It", Tina Turner because it wasn't the right tempo; so I scratched it from the record. I wanted to do it about a year ago, but something happened.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I don't wanna talk about Teo [Macero]. He's a helluva musician, a brilliant musician, but he's just not for me, that's all. I can elaborate on it, but I don't want to do that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

Sometimes [playing free] doesn't happen, because maybe a guy's wife'll come in, you know, and his ego will catch him. If everybody's completely just straight-without any old ladies over here, a fourth of whisky over there; if it's balanced right, it'll come off. It has to be. But when you get egos involved with playing free, you can't do it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

For me, music and life are all about style.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Catch Harry Belafonte. He's got a helluva rhythm section.And so have the Pointer Sisters. And that little guy with Sammy Clayton. He plays the whole show with 40 members.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

It took me twenty years study and practice to work up to what I wanted to play in this performance. How can she expect to listen five minutes and understand it?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Food makes my mind sluggish.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

If you love them in the morning with their eyes full of crust; if you love them at night with their hair full of rollers, chances are, you're in love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Dave [Holland] plays the way he wants to play. And it's usually what's needed. You know, Dave is such a deep thinker. You can't tell him too much, else it might spoil his spirit, you know.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

Some day I'm gonna call me up on the phone, so when I answer, I can tell myself to shut up.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Coltrane, you cant play everything at once!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

When I heard Coleman Hawkins, I learned to play ballads

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I ain't no entertainer, and ain't trying to be one. I am one thing, a musician.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

I used to enjoy all the white bands when I was a kid listening to the radio. But the record companies, they take music and label it - like, they say "rock". Because the white singers can't sound like James Brown, they call him "soul". They've been doing that for years. That's the prejudice crap.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

You have to practice for a long time before you can learn to sound like yourself

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

The melody is French. But that's the end of the record. I named it "Jean Pierre Then There Were None," you know, because of the big explosion. You'll like it. It's a nice album.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

The only reason to write a new song is because you're tired of the old ones.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Miles Davis

My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

If you don't know what to play, play nothing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

So What or Kind of Blue were done in that era, the right hour, the right day. It's over; it's on the record.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

[Jazz musicians] feel comfortable with their clichés, you know.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I can tell whether a person can play just by the way he stands.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I keep telling Ron Lorman and them in the control room, "It's my band! The reason I have a band is because I can't stand for somebody to tell me what to do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

...people will go for anything they don't understand if it's got enough hype. They want to be hip, want always to be in on the new thing so they don't look unhip. White people are especially like that, particularly when a black person is doing something they don't understand...That's what I thought was happening when Ornette hit town.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

Look, man, all I am is a trumpet player.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I mean, it makes me sick when I see a white man sitting there smiling at me being entertaining, man. When I know what he's gonna do after he gets through. You know, when you see that thing on their face - like: "Entertain me." You know what I mean? Even the black guy that's trying to be white - even he can have that crap on his face.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

There are no wrong notes in jazz: only notes in the wrong places.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I never thought Jazz was meant to be a museum piece like other dead things once considered artistic.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

I've used [drum machine] because I have to have the perfect tempo.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I know what I've done for music, but don't call me a legend. Just call me Miles Davis.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

You can tell whether a person plays well or not by the way he carries the instrument, whether it means something to him or not.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

When kids don't learn about their own heritage in school, they just don't care about school... But you won't see it in the history books unless we get the power to write our own history and tell our story ourselves.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

Music is an addiction.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Miles Davis

It’s like, how did Columbus discover America when the Indians were already here? What kind of shit is that, but white people’s shit?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

That was my gift . . . having the ability to put certain guys together that would create a chemistry and then letting them go; letting them play what they knew, and above it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

If I have a dynamite bass player - I have Darryl Jones - it's so easy to write for him because he's such a funky kid and he's gifted. He's like a little genius.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

When I went in there, we used drum machine on "Time After Time" and "Human Nature".We don't use the drum machine to play a pattern. You play the pattern by being consistent.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

I think every Negro over fifty should get a medal for putting up with all that crap.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

It's a different ballgame now, so that lets [teo] Macero out. He's always complainin', always sick.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

If you hit a wrong note, it's the next note that you play that determines if it's good or bad.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I can't write anything for myself. I can write when I hear like [John] Coltrane play something; I used to write chords and stuff for him to play in one bar. I can write for other people, but I don't never write for myself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

Keith, how does it feel to be a genius?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

I've gotten hernias from drummers when they drop tempo.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Miles Davis

If you understood everything I said, you’d be me

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Birth of the Cool' became a collector's item, I think, out of a reaction to Bird and Dizzy's music. Bird and Diz played this hip, real fast thing, and if you weren't a fast listener, you couldn't catch the humor or the feeling in their music. Their musical sound wasn't sweet, and it didn't have harmonic lines that you could easily hum out on the street with your girlfriend trying to get over with a kiss.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

I was minding my own business when something says to me, "you ought to blow trumpet." I have just been trying ever since.