Miles Davis: "White musicians seem to lag behind the beat."

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ElectroVibe, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    What do you think of this observation by Miles Davis?


    Harry Reasoner: Are Black musicians genetically better than White musicians? Get me in trouble.

    Miles Davis: Not better. But they play different. White musicians seem to lag behind the beat. I don’t know why.
  2. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    That may be Miles' experience...I doubt it is a universally accepted belief.
  3. My(caucasion)feelings are not hurt by this. :)

    Edit: To answer the OP's question- That has been my experience as well, although each and every musician I've ever played with has been different. I won't generalize further on the aforementioned aspect, just say vive l'diff
  4. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    I guess I must be black, cause I rush like a mofo.
  5. Too much coffee? :D
  6. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    I'm offensive and I find this white.
  7. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
  8. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    I seen a documentary once that posited that Miles was actually a woman.
  9. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    Generally speaking, everyone named Miles is a woman.

    See what I did there? No. I don't either. ;)
  10. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I play so far behind the beat I'm still in the previous measure.......
  11. chicago_mike


    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome - Dallas
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    funny since neo-soul is wayyyyyyyyyyy behind the beat.
  12. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis

    Well, rarely do women know anything about being behind a beat down.
  13. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Miles Davis was a genius musician, but he had some funny ideas about white people and music. It didn't stop him from having some high-profile associations with us Caucasian cats. Two different guys named Evans come to mind.

    Just because a guy is a genius on his instrument doesn't make him a fountain of wisdom. Miles Davis, by many accounts, was an arrogant jackass. And he happens to be my all-time favorite jazz musician. (My two other all-time favorites, Frank Zappa and John Zorn, are also arrogant jackasses, and so, to an extent, am I. Coincidence? You decide. :D)

    Behind the beat? THIS white boy tends to play right on top of the beat, with a metronomic. Precision. That. Isn't. Really. Funky. I've been studying Duck Dunn (another white boy, hmmm...) to try and correct this.
  14. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    Must've seen us when I was holding the song's original time(aka trying to slow the drummer down) while the drummer was speeding up while watching a well-endowed woman bouncing around on the dance floor.
  15. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
  16. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

  17. Go white boy
  18. rolandm

    rolandm In search of the lowest note.

    Aug 8, 2010
    Peoria, IL
    I'm just happy if I know where on earth the beat is located and am within a 5 mile radius.
  19. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    Yes, I don't think he was being critical at all. Just making an observation.

    But he might not have been referring to bass players. Bass players normally set the beat. Other types of musicians play on it, around it, etc.
  20. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I remember seeing him once. And he did look funny.

Share This Page