Miles Davis And Getting The Right Mix

Discussion in 'Other Hobbies, Interests & non Photography Related' started by Rob MacKillop, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    My favourite quotation from the jazz legend, Miles Davis. It's directed at John McLaughlin, an English jazz-rock guitarist. John does not come out of this well, and I suspect his memory of the occasion is quite different!

    "So I was trying to record some sh*t, you know, Bitches Brew, and it just ain't happening. 'Cos we had too much heavy black sh*t goin' down, so I said to Teo, hey, we need to mix some dumb-ass white sh*t into this. So I'm thinking, who is the whitest, stiffest, dumbest cat who can do this? So I called John, and I said, hey John you motherf***er, I'm doing a record and I need you to come over and lay down some real white, stiff sh*t, you know what I'm saying? And he says 'sure Miles, I'd be honoured' in that cute British accent. So we get to the studio, and John says, 'what do you want me to do?' So I look him right in the eye, and I say, 'Play the guitar like you only know how to play like some totally incoherent, white, dumb, pointless motherf***er.' And John went kind of quiet for a couple of seconds, but then he started to play. So when he did his white, soulless sh*t and mixed it up with my heavy black sh*t, well man, it all came out just the right consistency of sh*t. You dig what I'm sayin'?"

    It's all in the mix...Keep this in mind next time you do a mono conversion :)
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  2. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    Inspired, love it!
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  3. Dave Green

    Dave Green Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine who's a pretty widely respected trumpet player (MBE for Services to Music too) once asked Miles Davis, after Miles had watched him gig, for some advice. The reply was... "Always keep your trumpet polished nice and shiny" or similar lol :)
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  4. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    Or life in general?
  5. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    :DI laughed when I first read this quote a few days ago and again upon reading it, now. Glad you posted it, Rob.
  6. Aaron Quinn

    Aaron Quinn Active Member

    Too funny... I have to ask though with my ignorance to Jazz, what song was it they recorded?
  7. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    It's the album called Bitches Brew, although they had recorded In A Silent Way just prior to that. After Bitches Brew, I think McLaughlin had had enough of Miles, and set about creating the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

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