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By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

Jazz is an Uncle Tom word. They should stop using that word for selling. I told George Wein the other day that he should stop using it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

I think the greatest sound in the world is the human voice.

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

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 13 Sep

Miles Davis

In other words, an instrument should be an extension of you; it's supposed to sound like you - the way you walk, the way you dress, you know.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

It's always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don't know where it comes from, it's just there and I don't question it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I like Stan [Getz], because he has so much patience, the way he plays those melodies - other people can't get nothing out of a song, but he can, which takes a lot of imagination.

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 I heard Coleman Hawkins, I learned to play ballads

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

People will go for anything they don't understand if it's got enough hype.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Everybody ought to listen to Benny [Carter]. He's a whole musical education.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Drummers - sometimes they play and they listen. And that little listen takes a speck away from the right tempo.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

It takes you years to learn how to play like yourself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I gave the album [You're Under Arrest] to Quincy Jones and he loved "D Train". We couldn't call it "D Train"; it's called "MDI/Something's On Your Mind/MD2". That's on the album.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

Tom Jones is funny to me, man. I mean, he really tries to ape Ray Charles and Sammy Davis, you know. He's nice-looking; he looks good doing it. I mean, if I was him, I'd do the same thing. If I was only thinking about making money.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Always look ahead, but never look back.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Americans don't like any form of art, man. All they like to do is make money. They don't like me, Sammy Davis, or anybody else. They don't like nothing. They just like Sammy because he can make 'em a lot of money.

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

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

If you have a tone like mine that is recognizable. No matter what I play, when you hear my tone you can tell it's me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

In Europe, they like everything you do. The mistakes and everything. That's a little bit too much.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

Lionel [Richie] said, "Yeah, I learned chords and stuff playin' against your albums.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

If you got up on the bandstand at Minton's and couldn't play, you were not only going to be embarrassed by the people ignoring you or booing you, you might get your ass kicked.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I don't care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

My father's rich, my momma's good looking. Right? And I can play the Blues. I've never suffered and don't intend to suffer.

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 14 Sep

Miles Davis

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Miles Davis

I always listen to what I can leave out.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

I don't pay no attention to what critics say about me, the good or the bad. The toughest critic I got is myself...and I'm too vain to play anything I think is bad.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

That's the way you judge a car, man, [good or bad], when you start it up. It's just the same thing. I mean, I drive a Ferrari - not to be cute, but because I dig it. I'd rather drive a ten-year-old Ferrari than one of them new things-they don't go.

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 15 Sep

Miles Davis

You can't eat a winner's plaque.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

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

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

That's the way women do. The frown. They want to give you the attitude to approach them back, by giving you a negative vibe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

In improvisation, there are no mistakes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

The reason [drummers] call things "unison", and they sound unison, is because you actually play two different tempos . . . like you're a little sharp, or a little flat; it's so slight that they call it "unison", but it's not unison.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

Certain drummers drop time, and I like to play on top of the beat.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

I've always told the musicians in my band to play what they know and then play above that. Because then anything can happen, and that's where great art and music happens.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

If you understood everything I say, you'd be me!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

You should never be comfortable, man. Being comfortable fouled up a lot of musicians.

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

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

I've come close to matching the feeling of that night in 1944 in music, when I first heard Diz and Bird, but I've never got there. . . . I'm always looking for it, listening and feeling for it, though, trying to always feel it in and through the music I play everyday.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miles Davis

Monk taught me more about music composition than anyone else on 52nd Street.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Miles Davis

When you work with great musicians, they are always a part of you . . . their spirits are walking around in me, so they're still here and passing it on to others.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

A lot of people ask me where music is going today. I think it's going in short phrases. If you listen, anybody with an ear can hear that. Music is always changing. It changes because of the times and the technology that's available, the material that things are made of, like plastic cars instead of steel. So when you hear an accident today it sounds different, not all the metal colliding like it was in the forties and fifties. Musicians pick up sounds and incorporate that into their playing, so the music that they make will be different.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miles Davis

At least one day out of the year all musicans should just put their instruments down, and give thanks to Duke Ellington.