Ep10. What kind of musician was Miles Davis?
Evaluations of Miles Davis's musicianship by his peers and fellow performers
- Billy Cobham ranks Miles ahead of Freddie Hubbard because Miles was better than Freddie at not playing! Haha!
“NUVO: When you recorded Sky Dive with Freddie, you’d recently been working in Miles Davis’ band. How did Freddie’s style contrast with Miles’?
Cobham: Freddie was Mister Correct. Miles had the street sense and basic knowledge of what not to play. That tended to eclipse anything that Freddie would play. To me, that’s what placed Miles above Freddie. Miles knew when not to play more than Freddie did. In comparison to Miles, Freddie had to fill every bar.
- In his transcripted interview for the Library of Congress, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan comments on how well Miles Davis did in playing at the Birth of the Cool sessions.
“And Miles was brilliant on those things, Miles and Lee both. Absolutely brilliant, the way they played in and out of the arrangements--wonderful. That made everything worthwhile. (bold and bold italic not in original)