Miles Davis's voice

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  1. James M

    James M Supporting Member

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    Did Miles always talk with that raspy growl? Is it something he affected to make him seem cooler (unnecessary!), or his natural voice? Just curious!
     
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    No, he had some throat surgery in the 50's and they told him not to talk for a week or two while things healed up. He forgot, lost his temper at someone and yelled at them and got a permanent rasp.
     
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    Cool story...thanks! I knew someone here would know.
     
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    Sounds like Bonnie Tyler... (the story... not the voice)
     
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    He was The Prince of Darkness.

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    I recall reading in Downbeat (decades ago) that it was a record exec's secretary he screamed racial epitaphs at.

    His autobiography was one hell of a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. He didn't sugarcoat anything. A great read.
     
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    Similar thing happened with Harry Belafonte, who's voice has multiple pitches going at the same time when he speaks. I don't know if he can sing anymore. But I read the rasp was a result of throat surgery.
     
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    Miles Davis's voice, I remeber it on "60Minutes " years ago.

    The guy says, "Miles, do have enough money?"
    "For what!" is the quick answer.

    Later the guy says, "Miles, do you think you will get married again?"
    "To who?"

    I got the feeling Miles wasn't the easiest guy to interveiw.

    Yeah his voice was awesome.
     
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    A friend of mine was a gifted jazz student at Oberlin, and had the opportunity to meet Miles. World-class dick and racist. Obviously a huge innovator a number of times in the jazz world, but IMO his greatest gift was surrounding himself with people more innovative than himself. My favorite Miles period is basically lifted straight from the Bill Evans catalog.
     
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    Thats funny!

    Epithets!
     
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    Mother****er

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    He was one of those incredibly rare musicians who had two voices: his human voice and his horn voice. And what a horn voice it was!
     
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    I love Miles's music. The person, I'm not so sure about, but he's one hell of an interesting guy. Great artist, in many ways.
     
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    He may have been a dick; who hasn't been? But he had the capacity to poke fun at himself. On the old tv show Night Music or Michelob Presents Sunday Night or whatever name they were going by at the time, there was a short film clip of Miles saying into the camera "I've had a sore throat for 30 years."
     
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    People talk about Miles being racist but given some of his experiences playing music in the 50's should we be surprised. Once he was beaten up by cops in front of Birdland (I believe, anyway it was in NY) during a set break because he was talking to a white woman.

    Also so many of his bands were interracial in a time when that was not often present.

    Now there is definitely alot of evidence out there that he was a very difficult person for many reasons.
     
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    whoops, posted twice
     
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    I read his autobio and I don't recall him mentioning this
     
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    Miles voice.

    I got a copy of "Bitches Brew" on my MP3 player a couple months ago. I hadn't listened to it since the early '70s and probably never with headphones at that time either. I'm still getting used to having music sound like it actually inside my head from those earbuds.
    One night after being down at the local watering hole I was walking the dog listening to "Spanish Key" from BB and out of nowhere this raspy, spooky voice says, "Hey, Jim". I about soiled myself. Then he did it again and I realized it was Miles giving directions to the players on the session and Teo Macero included it on the final mix. I'm honored he spoke to me since I don't think anyone on the album is named Jim. :)
     
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    Hahah great moment, "is he talking to me????!!!"


    There is a classic bit from Cannonball's "Something Else", as the classic track "One for Daddy-O" has just finished, and Art Blakey's final roll is fading out, where Miles rasps "Is that what wanted Alfred?" (I guess to Alfred Lion).

    Just seems to capture part of Miles subtlety, and irony so perfectly.
     
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    Credit Quincy Troupe, who not only is a great writer and poet, but finally convinced Miles to tell it like it was - and pressed Miles on key details motha****ing Miles didn't want to mutha****ing give up.
     

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