Take the Horn out of Your Mouth

Take the Horn out of Your MouthJanuary 25, 2023

Arguably the greatest pairing of a trumpeter and saxophonist in one jazz band for an extended period was when John Coltrane played in Miles Davis’s group in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

But there were tensions, and those tensions grew into conflicts which led to Coltrane leaving Davis to go out on his own.

One source of conflict was solos. Davis thought Coltrane’s solos were too long. At one point, Coltrane told Miles that there was so much to say that he didn’t know how to stop playing.

“Take the horn out of your [bleeping] mouth,” Davis snapped.

Good advice for all of us.

I have guests come on my podcasts with notes and talking points so “they say everything they want to say.” Some get unnecessarily upset when the show is over, because they forgot to make this point or that one.

I understand where they’re coming from, but they’re missing the point.

It’s not the content of what you say, because people don’t remember that.

What sticks is the emotion and passion you convey.


Image Credit:  Reijo Koskinen / Lehtikuva, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

(This blog post was also posted on LinkedIn.)

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