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Marcus Miller - Great Quotes

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"That's a great thing about jazz We leave it a little space so that we have the opportunity to go where the moment takes us " Marcus Miller
If you listen to Donny Hathaway, he had a lot of jazz elements in the way he sang, ... For me, the two styles borrow from each other so much that sometimes it's hard for me to make a distinction. When you hear Lalah sing the combination, that's when she really shines -- when she's allowed to dip into her jazz when she wants to and then get soulful and do the RB thing.

In this era it's harder for musicians to get together, ... Back in the '80s, we were all at the clubs, you ran into people all the time. Now, everybody's kind of in their own room with their computers. I use making an album as an opportunity to connect with musicians.

I'm on some singer's record date for a demo and I get a note to call Miles Davis. Of course, I didn't believe it, but I wasn't going to take a chance by not calling, and it was Miles. He said, 'I've got a session in an hour over at Columbia, can you make it'

Miller still sounds awed when he recounts almost immediately finding himself in a studio with Davis:  He hadn't played in five or six years, since I was 15 or 16 years old, ... As far as I was concerned he was as done as John Coltrane. And then to actually be there with my bass in my hand, looking across at him and we're playing together, I can't describe it. The thing that struck me was that I thought he was at least 6-feet-7. I had to adjust to him being around 5-feet-8
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