Top 24 Miles Davis Quotes of 2020

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

― Miles Davis

“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.”

― Miles Davis

“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”

― Miles Davis

“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”

― Miles Davis

“You can dominate a game if you dominate on the line… We’re just going to have to go out there and work hard and blow people off the ball, and let our runners do what they do best.”

― 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.”

― Miles Davis

“Jimi Hendrix came from the blues, like me. We understood each other right away because of that. He was a great blues guitarist.”

― Miles Davis

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

― Miles Davis

“I know what I’ve done for music, but don’t call me a legend. Just call me Miles Davis.”

― Miles Davis

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

― Miles Davis

“If you understood everything I say, you’d be me!”

― Miles Davis

“The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.”

― Miles Davis

“When you do anything too long, you either wear it out or lose interest.”

― Miles Davis

“When I’m playing, I’m never through. It’s unfinished. I like to find a place to leave for someone else to finish it. That’s where the high comes in.”

― Miles Davis

“I have to change. It’s like a curse.”

― Miles Davis

“Space music’d be really something… but they don’t have no gravity up there. You couldn’t have no downbeat!”

― Miles Davis

“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.”

― Miles Davis

“Prince is from the school of James Brown, and I love James Brown because of all the great rhythms he plays.”

― Miles Davis

“Prince got some Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix and Sly in him, also, even Little Richard. He’s a mixture of all those guys and Duke Ellington.”

― Miles Davis

“You’d be surprised. Drummers ape each other. The way every rock n’ roll record sounds like something else but not all together. Everything other drummers play, if you’re playing drums, they all hear.”

― Miles Davis

“The music I was really listening to in 1968 was James Brown, the great guitar player Jimi Hendrix, and a new group… Sly and the Family Stone, led by Sly Stewart from San Francisco.”

― Miles Davis

“It was Jimi Hendrix that I first got into when Betty Mabry turned me on to him.”

― Miles Davis

“Prince might be bringing that low sound back, because he has that double bass.”

― Miles Davis

“He comes in on the beat and plays on top of the beat. I think when Prince makes love, he hears drums instead of Ravel.”

― Miles Davis
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