When I was banned for nine months I had an opportunity to focus on something else and I needed to focus on something else. It's who I am. I admire Miles Davis and Chet Baker a lot and I like this instrument, so I tried and I learned and practised for two months. But I stopped after that.— Eric Cantona
Most Powerful Miles Davis quotations
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
I am a leader. Leaders always get heat. They're always going against the grain. Jimi Hendrix got heat; Bob Marley got heat; Miles Davis got heat. Every great artist got heat. Heat means you're doing something right.
I like to listed to the adventurous guys - the Coltranes, Miles Davis, the guys who just let it loose.
There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.
I work with many jazz artists as Miles Davis, Laughlin, etc.
. One of the things all these artists had in common is that they had no fear.
There are certain songs that I like to listen to at certain times of the day.
For example, first thing in the morning I love listening to "Flamenco Sketches" off of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue.
Jazz music is as American as it gets, and so is the U.
S. Postal Service. A Miles Davis stamp is a perfect marriage of two great American institutions.
Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Footballers can be like artists when the mind and body are working as one.
It is what Miles Davis does when he plays free jazz - everything pulls together into one intense moment that is beautiful.
I remember listening to Miles Davis in the car with my dad.
I had just done my Grade 5 piano exam, and I was quite cocky. I said, 'It sounds like he's played the wrong note there.' I remember the look of horror on my dad's face, and thinking, 'Wow, I have to figure out why that is not acceptable.'
I am in the lineage of Gil Scott-Heron, great activist-type artists.
But I'm also in the lineage of a Miles Davis - you know, that liked nice things also.
Go the extra mile. It's never crowded.
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.
I used to try to play like [Miles Davis], and Miles caught me copying him one night at Birdland. He said, 'Hey man, why don't you play some of your own stuff.' So, I finally did, because I had copied all his solos.
Miles Davis was doing something inherently African, something that has to do with all forms of American music, not just jazz.
Many life's longest mile is the stretch from dependence to independence
I used to be friends with Miles Davis.
He didn't like many folks. I lived across the street from him.
I never considered Miles Davis a perfectionist;
I always considered him as an excellence-ist, where deviation is actually kind of cool.
My playing started to develop through the Miles Davis stuff I was listening to.
A journey of a thousand miles, must begin with a single step
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.
Miles Davis was a master. In every phase of his career, he understood that this music was a tribute to the African muse.
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.
A journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step.
Miles Davis had me play and he hired me the following week and after that, everything broke wide open.
It was Miles Davis who took me to New York, and Coltrane was in the band, as well as Paul Chambers, Philly Jo Jones. 'Trane took me aside, and, of course, we did Blue Trane, which was my first album-and that started everything. He had confidence that I didn't have; he saw something that I didn't see.
I was a fan of Andy's since I was a small kid.
I recall seeing an ad of famous people on an airplane together. It was caricature drawing. There was Muhammad Ali, there was Miles Davis, and there was Andy Warhol. I had a fascination with him since I was little.
I believe in knowing all you can about the music and the people who made the music. I think it's much more important to know some good Miles Davis stories than to know how to play like Miles. I think you'll play better if you know some of the funny things he did than if you know the licks that he played.
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.
Maybe it's wishful thinking, this snaggly faith of mine, or maybe it's Miles Davis saying, Don't play what's there, play what's not there.
I gave up language for a while, and I started painting.
And then I only listened to Miles Davis and other instrumental music to see how it felt to be without words.
The Angel Gabriel disappeared once for sixty years and they found him on earth hiding in the body of a man named Miles Davis.
Now is a good time, 10 years ago would have been a good time, and 10 years from now it will still be a good time to see a dynamic, entertaining movie that's wall-to-wall Miles Davis where the music will hopefully spark some desire to know more about the man.
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.
In 1978, the tradition of running from village to village with a message was revived. that first run was from Davis to Los Angeles, a distance of 500 miles.
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.
Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays.
One of the things that I loved about listening to Miles Davis is that Miles always had an instinct for which musicians were great for what situations. He could always pick a band, and that was the thing that separated him from everybody else.
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.
Miles Davis would have this lineup of all these amazing musicians and one day would just say, 'We're done.' After tons of great records and tickets sold, he said, 'Now I'm going to grow my hair out and play my horn through a wah-wah pedal.' Rather than play it safe, he went on.
I'm thankful enough or blessed enough to be able to say that Miles Davis was a friend when he was alive, and he was a wonderful mentor and really, really funny, you know.