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Thread started 03/04/06 3:40am

mapaul

Prince and Miles Davis: The Scoop

"Tell that little purple motherfucker to contact me!" - Miles to Alan Leeds . . .
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Reply #1 posted 03/04/06 3:55am

IstenSzek

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the link doesn't work for me. could you please cut and past the text?

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and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #2 posted 03/04/06 4:06am

mapaul

It's copyrighted so I'm not doing it, but here:

http://thelastmiles.com/i...-leeds.php

If that doesn't work, go to www.thelastmiles.com

Click on interviews
Find the one with Alan Leeds . . .
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"Tell that little purple motherfucker to contact me!" - Miles to Alan Leeds . . .
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Reply #3 posted 03/04/06 4:30am

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What a great read - thanks for that!

My two all time favorite artists!! That's definately a book to add to my wish list lol
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Reply #4 posted 03/04/06 4:35am

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Another fantastic interview from Alan Leeds. It really gives an insight into how Prince operates - and how much material is stored up!

Though I thought it was odd that Alan was talking about emails flipping back and forth back in '87 - although the internet was around then, it really didn't get user-friendly until much later...
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Reply #5 posted 03/04/06 5:08am

IstenSzek

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great read!

thanks for posting

thumbs up!
and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #6 posted 03/04/06 6:43am

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Thanks a lot for this!
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Reply #7 posted 03/04/06 7:06am

Anx

thanks! everyone needs to check this out!
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Reply #8 posted 03/04/06 8:36am

mapaul

I always envisioned Prince putting out a lengthy Cd of Bitches Brew-like jams.
"Tell that little purple motherfucker to contact me!" - Miles to Alan Leeds . . .
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Reply #9 posted 03/04/06 8:51am

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The story of their relationship is very revealing of both of them and particularly Prince. The most interesting thing is that Prince is unwilling to direct people he admires, but paradoxically want them to fit within his own parameters. It's the case of an extreme control freak being even less able to relax due to his great respect for his famous collaborator.
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Reply #10 posted 03/04/06 9:18am

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Indeed really fascinating stuff.

Thanks,
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Reply #11 posted 03/04/06 11:35am

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Excellent article! So fascinating to hear the stories of my two favorite musicians. Wow! Thanx for posting this. worship
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Reply #12 posted 03/04/06 12:14pm

madhouseman

What a great interview. Thanx for the find.
My book PRINCE and The Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions 1983-1984 was released in November 2017. (https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Purple-Rain-Studio-Sessions/dp/1538105497/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8) or go to https://www.facebook.com/...s/10915961
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Reply #13 posted 03/04/06 12:43pm

jdcxc

Has anyone heard about the anecdote where Prince goes to visit Miles at his home and P is greeted at the door by a completely naked Davis?

And a side note - Does anybody know if there is any recorded material of Prince's dad's jazz career?
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Reply #14 posted 03/04/06 1:40pm

Milty

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interesting read. but why is Leeds talking about emails form 1987?
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Reply #15 posted 03/04/06 1:40pm

Milty

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messeduplink edit.
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Reply #16 posted 03/04/06 1:49pm

jdcxc

I remember reading that Prince provided a poem that was read at MD's funeral. Any truth to this and does anyone have it?
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Reply #17 posted 03/04/06 1:51pm

workingupahiye
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Prince is a liar.
He never recorded with MIles Davis in the studio.
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Reply #18 posted 03/04/06 1:51pm

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jdcxc said:

Has anyone heard about the anecdote where Prince goes to visit Miles at his home and P is greeted at the door by a completely naked Davis?

And a side note - Does anybody know if there is any recorded material of Prince's dad's jazz career?


I've heard only the part that you recounted. If you know the rest of the story, I'd love to hear it.

I've also heard that there are some boots circulating of Prince's father playing, although I haven't listened to them personally.
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Reply #19 posted 03/04/06 2:19pm

madhouseman

jdcxc said:

Has anyone heard about the anecdote where Prince goes to visit Miles at his home and P is greeted at the door by a completely naked Davis?

And a side note - Does anybody know if there is any recorded material of Prince's dad's jazz career?


from what I remember, it was in Miles' dressing room and not answering the front door of his house that Miles was naked. Prince told this story in an interview.
My book PRINCE and The Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions 1983-1984 was released in November 2017. (https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Purple-Rain-Studio-Sessions/dp/1538105497/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8) or go to https://www.facebook.com/...s/10915961
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Reply #20 posted 03/04/06 2:22pm

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Milty said:

interesting read. but why is Leeds talking about emails form 1987?


Though the internet was nowhere near the size it is today, there were still lot's of online services which provided electronic mail to their customers, the biggest being Compuserve and Prodigy. That's where AOL got it's start as well.
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Reply #21 posted 03/04/06 2:30pm

ImYours

This is the last thing that I will read, where Alan Leeds is concerned. Alan may have been the man, but now he just seems interested in "telling" on Prince, and I just don't want to hear it.
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Reply #22 posted 03/04/06 2:39pm

Snap

yep, we had e-mail back then
there was quite a group of us on prodigy
i started on compuserve around 1985-86
we used to get charged by the minute

props to wendy, lisa, alan, and eric
for turning prince onto jazz!! mwahaha!
y'all didn't miss that part, did ya??
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Reply #23 posted 03/04/06 2:46pm

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Eric joined the band in the middle of the Purple Rain tour and quickly became friends with [guitarist] Wendy Melvoin and [keyboardist] Lisa Coleman, who were familiar with jazz. Gradually they began turning Prince into this kind of music- he had little first hand knowledge of jazz. This was during 1984/85. They made it their own project of turning Prince onto different kinds of music. Eric would give him jazz records and turned Prince on to Sketches of Spain and Kind of Blue and other stuff.


I'm sorry, but I refuse to believe that Prince didn't know anything about jazz before Wendy & Lisa. I'm not saying he knew everything, but he had to know something. His dad was a jazz musician, for shit sakes, he had to at least know something.
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Reply #24 posted 03/04/06 2:51pm

Milty

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jdcxc said:

And a side note - Does anybody know if there is any recorded material of Prince's dad's jazz career?



ya on the Platinum boot that had the I'll Do Anything tracks, there were some tracks credited to ol' man Nelson.
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Reply #25 posted 03/04/06 3:32pm

SynthiaRose

Miles said

tell that little purple motherfucker to contact me!"

lol
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Reply #26 posted 03/04/06 3:54pm

jdcxc

WaterUdrink said:

Eric joined the band in the middle of the Purple Rain tour and quickly became friends with [guitarist] Wendy Melvoin and [keyboardist] Lisa Coleman, who were familiar with jazz. Gradually they began turning Prince into this kind of music- he had little first hand knowledge of jazz. This was during 1984/85. They made it their own project of turning Prince onto different kinds of music. Eric would give him jazz records and turned Prince on to Sketches of Spain and Kind of Blue and other stuff.


I'm sorry, but I refuse to believe that Prince didn't know anything about jazz before Wendy & Lisa. I'm not saying he knew everything, but he had to know something. His dad was a jazz musician, for shit sakes, he had to at least know something.


Exactly. Alan and Eric Leeds have been spinning this version of their Prince education for years now. I'm sure there's a great deal of truth to their influence but Prince is a musical sponge and forever exploring musical history. The story also fails to give Prince any credit for discovering and learning on his own. If it's true, it makes the forays on the first Madhouse album where Prince basically plays and composes the whole thing, that much more amazing. He has a encylopedic knowledge of music. In addition to his father being a jazz musician, his mother was also a jazz vocalist. And don't forget P was also jamming with the likes of Sheila E. and Patrice Rushen who have a foundation in jazz.
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Reply #27 posted 03/04/06 4:02pm

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SynthiaRose said:

Miles said

tell that little purple motherfucker to contact me!"

lol

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Reply #28 posted 03/04/06 4:16pm

GustavoRibas

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I said it on the Alan Leeds thread...and I say it again...Alan is great.
I love the way he tells the stories. It sounds very honest and respectful, not gossip.

I hope he releases a book someday
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Reply #29 posted 03/04/06 4:17pm

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GustavoRibas said:

I said it on the Alan Leeds thread...and I say it again...Alan is great.
I love the way he tells the stories. It sounds very honest and respectful, not gossip.

I hope he releases a book someday

same here. i'd love to read it! biggrin
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