Friday, May 19, 2006

Miles Davis Hated To Repeat Himself – But Still Listened Anyway

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – May 26 marks the 80th anniversary of Miles Davis’ birth and his nephew is using the occasion to drum up new interest in the jazz legend’s work.

Vince Wilburn, Jr., played drums for Davis in the 1980s and says his uncle went out of his way to “emphasize the importance of a groove” by giving him records by Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix.

Still, Davis also emphasized the importance of moving forward and not looking back on the past.

But Davis sometimes didn’t practice what he preached.

Wilburn says that, once, after a show, he was listening to one of Davis’ most famous songs, “Nefertiti,” on headphones and his uncle yelled at him, “What is that s! Turn it off.”

Davis then took it away from his nephew and never returned it.

Although it’s conceivable Davis threw away the cassette, Wilburn likes to think the legend did actually listen to it in private, although he concedes, “He liked to say he never wanted to repeat himself.”

Davis has been dead since 1991 but a new box set, The Miles Davis Quintet: The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions hits stores May 23.

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