Frases Miles Davis

„Don't play what's there, play what's not there.“

—  Miles Davis

In SPIN (December 1990). p. 30, and in many other sources https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=%22play+anything+on+a+horn%22+miles+davis#hl=en&q=%22don%27t+play+what%27s+there%22+not+davis&tbm=bks, but I can't find the original one.
1990s

„For me, music and life are all about style.“

—  Miles Davis

Miles, the Autobiography (1989) (co-written with Quincy Troupe, p. 398.)
1980s

„A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.“

—  Miles Davis

On being called a legend.
Quoted in International Herald Tribune (17 July 1991); also in: [The Yale Book of Quotations, Fred R., Shapiro, Yale University Press, 2006, 9780300107982, 189]
1990s

„I love Pops, I love the way he sings, the way he plays - everything he does, except when he says something against modern-jazz music.“

—  Miles Davis

In Playboy to Alex Haley (1962); also in [Milestones: The music and times of Miles Davis since 1960, Jack, Chambers, Beech Tree Books, 1983, 9780688046460, 209], [The Playboy Interviews, Alex, Haley, Murray, Fisher, Ballantine, 1993, 9780345383006, 15], [The Miles Davis companion: four decades of commentary, Gary, Carner, Gary, Carner, Schirmer Books, 1996, 9780028646121, 19], and in [Miles Davis and American Culture, Missouri Historical Society Press Series, Gerald Lyn, Early, Missouri History Museum, 2001, 9781883982386, 205]
1960s

„I’ll play it and tell you what it is later.“

—  Miles Davis

In [So What: The Life of Miles Davis, John, Szwed, Random House, 2012, 9781448106462], and in many other books https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=%22play+anything+on+a+horn%22+miles+davis#hl=en&q=%22+and+tell+you+what+it+is+later.+%22+miles+davis&tbm=bks
Sometimes rendered as: I'll play it first and tell you what it is later.
During a recording session for Prestige, on the album "Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet" (1956).
1950s

„He could very well be the Duke Ellington of Rock 'n' Roll.“

—  Miles Davis

In [A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America, Craig Hansen, Werner, University of Michigan Press, 2006, 9780472031474, 53] as: he can be the Duke Ellington of our times.
And in [Miles on Miles: Interviews and Encounters with Miles Davis, Musicians in Their Own Words Series, Paul Maher, Michael K. Dorr, Chicago Review Press, 2009, 9781556527067, 262] as: Do you know who Prince kinda reminds me of, particularly as a piano player? Duke! Yeah, he's the Duke Ellington of the eighties to my way of thinking.
On Prince
2000s

„Miles said he looked on his need for constant change as a curse. However, Miles, along with Duke Ellington, in terms of looking for models of how you strategize with a band, have been there constantly in the background for me. Not the Beatles as a construct for a group, not Led Zeppelin, not the Floyd. My guides have always been Miles and Duke.“

—  Miles Davis

Robert Fripp, on how Miles Davis influenced his leadership in King Crimson.
As quoted in a Rolling Stone interview "The Crimson King Seeks a New Court" by Hank Shteamer (15 April 2019) https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/robert-fripp-interview-king-crimson-tour-david-bowie-kanye-west-820783/.
Quotes by others

„If somebody told me I only had an hour to live, I'd spend it choking a white man. I'd do it nice and slow.“

—  Miles Davis

During an interview, after growing aggravated about questions on the subject of race.
1980s
Fuente: Jet (25 March 1985)

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