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Miles Davis
(1926-91)
American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer



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"Jazz music has got to have that thing. You have to be born with it. You can't even buy it. If you could buy it, they'd have it at the next Newport festival."
-- Miles Davis

"I'll play it first and tell you what it is later."
-- Miles Davis

"He sounded to me like he's supposed to be the savior of jazz. Sometimes people speak as though someone asked them a question. Well, no one asked him a question."
-- Miles Davis, speaking of Wynton Marsalis

"Bebop didn't have the humanity of Duke Ellington. It didn't have that recognizable thing. Bird and Diz were great, fantastic, challenging -- but that weren't sweet."
-- Miles Davis

"When I joined the band I didn't know any of the tunes, and when I left the band I didn't know any of the tunes!"
-- Keith Jarrett, speaking of his time with the Miles Davis band

"Learn to play the piano, man, and then you can figure out crazy solos of your own."
-- Dizzy Gillespie to 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?"
-- Miles Davis, when one of the audience complained that she did not understand what he was playing





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