Miles Davis

For me, music and life are all about style.

Miles Davis (May 26, 1926September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician.


  • The music has gotten thick. Guys give me tunes and they're full of chords. I can't play them...I think a movement in jazz is beginning away from the conventional string of chords, and a return to emphasis on melodic rather than harmonic variation. There will be fewer chords but infinite possibilities as to what to do with them.
  • It's that goddamned motherfucking 'Machine Gun.'
    • Charles R. Cross, Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix (2005), ISBN 1-4013-0028-6
    • Davis' response when questioned on what he heard in the music of Jimi Hendrix.
  • Is that what you wanted, Alfred?
    • Miles Davis asking Blue Note records producer Alfred Lion's approval of a recorded performance in Rudy Van Gelder's studio. Miles' gravelly-voice question was accidentally recorded, but included at the end of "One For Daddy-O" on the Cannonball Adderley recording "Somethin' Else": a famous recorded peek into the recording studio process.
  • For me, music and life are all about style.
    • Miles, the Autobiography (1989) (co-written with Quincy Troupe, p. 398.
  • I've changed music four or five times. What have you done of any importance other than be white?
    • Miles, the Autobiography (1989) (co-written with Quincy Troupe, p. 371.)
    • At a White House reception in honor of Ray Charles 1987, this was his reply to a society lady seated next to him who had asked what he had done to be invited.

Quotes by othersEdit

  • (Bill Evans talking about Miles Davis's change of style to jazz fusion) I would like to hear more of the consummate melodic master, but I feel that big business and his record company have had a corrupting influence on his material. The rock and pop thing certainly draws a wider audience. It happens more and more these days, that unqualified people with executive positions try to tell musicians what is good and what is bad music. It’s tempting for the musican to prejudice his own views when recording opportunities are so infrequent but I for one am determined to resist the temptation.

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