Top Miles Davis Quotes

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1. "I wanted very much to be Miles Davis when I was a boy, but without the practice. It just looked like an endless road."
Author: Barry Hannah
2. "Miles Davis fully embraced possibilities and delved into it. He was criticized heavily from the jazz side. He was supposed to be part of a tradition, but he didn't consider himself part of a tradition."
Author: Bill Laswell
3. "Miles Davis turned his back to the audience when he came out on stage, and he offended people. But, he wasn't there to entertain; he was all about the music. I kind of do that."
Author: Bobby McFerrin
4. "I grew up in the sixties watching B.B. King and Tito Puente and Miles Davis and Coltrane, everybody, Marvin Gaye, Jimi. And at the same time, with my left eye I was watching Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Mother Teresa."
Author: Carlos Santana
5. "Miles Davis was a master. In every phase of his career, he understood that this music was a tribute to the African muse."
Author: Cassandra Wilson
6. "Miles Davis was doing something inherently African, something that has to do with all forms of American music, not just jazz."
Author: Cassandra Wilson
7. "I saw Al Foster with Miles Davis the other week. It was beautiful. But, the whole thing was, Al Foster played as well as everybody else, but all of them were quite brilliant under Miles Davis' direction."
Author: Charlie Watts
8. "Miles Davis was a part of my life from 1947 on. I was born in 1941 and I first heard him in 1947 on a 78 rpm. And then I followed his career, starting with his first solo album in 1951. He was an icon and inspiration and a mentor to me."
Author: Chick Corea
9. "The Angel Gabriel disappeared once for sixty years and they found him on earth hiding in the body of a man named Miles Davis."
Author: Christopher Moore
10. "I got a poster from Columbia Records, and there's Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Ellington, Count Basie - everybody in that poster has died, I'm the only one left. And great players like Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan, it's hard to believe they're gone because we were all so close. But I believe in the future and the tradition will go on."
Author: Dave Brubeck
11. "We're trying to do what Miles Davis would have wanted us to do, which is approach it as artists with his life as the canvas."
Author: Don Cheadle
12. "I love music, and a lot of it. Jazz is probably on the top with guys like Miles Davis. But I even enjoy music from the '60s and '70s."
Author: Donovan Bailey
13. "Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays."
Author: Gerry Mulligan
14. "I like to listed to the adventurous guys - the Coltranes, Miles Davis, the guys who just let it loose."
Author: Herb Alpert
15. "Miles Davis, his parents migrated from Arkansas to Illinois, where he had the luxury of being able to practice for hours upon hours. He never would have been able to do that in the cotton country of Arkansas."
Author: Isabel Wilkerson
16. "I believe, from reading biographies, that the great musicians have also been great cooks: Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach. I think I've worked out why this is - unsociable hours, plus general creativity."
Author: Jamie Cullum
17. "The thing is, all my heroes were junkies. Lenny Bruce, Keith Richards, William Burroughs, Miles Davis, Hubert Selby, Jr... These guys were cool. They were committed. They would not have been caught dead doing an ALF episode."
Author: Jerry Stahl
18. "I think it comes from really liking literary forms. Poetry is very beautiful, but the space on the page can be as affecting as where the text is. Like when Miles Davis doesn't play, it has a poignancy to it."
Author: Jim Jarmusch
19. "People will have MP3s of every Miles Davis' record but never think of hearing any of them twice in a row - there's just too much to get through."
Author: Jonny Greenwood
20. "I love nineties stuff like Alice in Chains and Nine Inch Nails. It'd be my dream to have a Radiohead-themed episode of 'Glee.' I also love jazz greats like Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock."
Author: Mark Salling
21. "Music is my only guide. I don't care if people pigeonhole me. Miles Davis is my hero. He covered Cindy Lauper and Michael Jackson, and he didn't give a hoot about what the purists said."
Author: Meshell Ndegeocello
22. "I know what I've done for music, but don't call me a legend. Just call me Miles Davis."
Author: Miles Davis
23. "Miles Davis had me play and he hired me the following week and after that, everything broke wide open."
Author: Miroslav Vitous
24. "I used to be friends with Miles Davis. He didn't like many folks. I lived across the street from him."
Author: Rip Torn
25. "When I have to compete with John Coltrane and Miles Davis and Louie Armstrong on iTunes, which I'm doing now, that's a problem. That means that jazz is not being heard by younger audiences."
Author: Robert Glasper
26. "My playing started to develop through the Miles Davis stuff I was listening to."
Author: Robert Quine
27. "There are more guys than girls in jazz.Next-to-no lady trumpeters (oh, there are a few)but it doesn't matter because, for me, jazz trumpet is all about one guyMiles Davis.He made this famous album in 1959called Kind of Bluewhich is kind of, always,how I feel.That album gets into your bonesgoes and goesstarts, hesitates, reaches out, feelsfor the music, the sound, the thing you want to change.Always grasping for the unattainable makes youkind of excited,kind of sorry."
Author: Stasia Ward Kehoe
28. "Miles Davis is a major influence of mine in terms of the way that I am as a bandleader."
Author: Stefon Harris
29. "After we became a couple, she composed our time together. She planned days as if they were artistic events. One afternoon we went to Tybee Island for a picnic; we ate blueberries and drank champagne tinted with curacao and listened to Miles Davis, and when I asked the name of her perfume, she said it was L'Heure Bleue.She talked about 'perfect moments.' One such moment happened that afternoon; she'd been napping; I lay next to her, reading. She said, 'I'll always remember the sounds of the sea and of pages turning, and the smell of L'Heure Bleue. For me they signify love."
Author: Susan Hubbard
30. "I have tons of jazz records: John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis. I could go on and on."
Author: Ted King
31. "The thing in jazz that will get Bix Beiderbecke out of his bed at two o'clock in the morning, pick that cornet up and practice into the pillow for another two or three hours, or that would make Louis Armstrong travel around the world for fifty plus years non stop, just get up out of his sick bed, crawl up on the bandstand and play, the thing that would make Duke Ellington, the thing that would make Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Mary Lou Williams, the thing that would make all of these people give their lives for this, and they did give their lives, is that it gives us a glimpse into what America is going to be when it becomes itself. And this music tells you that it will become itself. And when you get a taste of that, there's just nothing else you're going to taste that's as sweet."
Author: Wynton Marsalis

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