"...Miles Ahead is a fitting tribute to the legend of jazz innovator Miles Davis. The film is not a biopic where you’ll witness all the significant moments in the musician’s career and personal life, from birth to death..."
"...Miles Davis’ Complete Columbia Records Album Collection has been reduced to a 4GB USB drive that at least one reviewer has mistaken for an old fashioned pencil eraser – a digital companion to a limited edition, 70-disc anthology. Much like the hidden content in Neil Young's Archives Vol..."
"...From the moment this skinny, intense, overly-serious son of a prominent dentist from East St. Louis sat in with Billy Eckstine's band and watched Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie slay the hometown audience, Miles Dewey Davis knew exactly what he had to do..."
"...Ladies and gentlemen, this year's Golden Cojones award goes to first-time documentarian Tommy Davis, who walked 120 miles to film four of the thousands of Mexicans who illegally enter the U.S. on foot each year...."
"...Fort Davis National Historic Site on the edge of Fort Davis looks pretty impressive from the heights of the Scenic Overlook Trail. From this advantage, you can hear the recorded bugle call from the visitor center in the valley below while Sleeping Lion Mountain stands guard on the horizon...."
"...For those not already in the know, Miles Areceneaux is the nom de plume of authorial Texan trifecta Brent Douglass, John T. Davis, and James R..."
"...It's easy to imagine what a traditional Miles Davis biopic might have looked like: young Miles learning gospel music in church, encountering the freedom of jazz in a nightclub, giving birth to "cool," leading the attempt to fuse jazz and rock styles, drugs, women, civil rights, et cetera. The movie almost writes itself in our heads..."
"...The ocean that lapped up on the shores of Pangea was the one, primordial sea: Panthalassa. And as of last week, that term now also refers to the latest release from Columbia's Miles Davis tape vaults..."
"...Directed by: Rolf De Heer. Starring: Colin Friels, Miles Davis, Helen Buday, Joe Petruzzi and Bernadette Lafont..."
"...It's simply too much material for a two-hour time frame. Among the festival performers are Jimi Hendrix (a couple weeks before his death), the Doors (one year before the death of Jim Morrison), the Who, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Jethro Tull, Free, the Moody Blues, Tiny Tim, John Sebastian, Donovan, Ten Years After, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer..."
"...Directed by: Tamra Davis. Starring: Adam Sandler, Bridgette Wilson and Darren McGavin..."
"...Joe Albany (Hawkes) was a talented jazz pianist who played with the likes of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis and helped usher in the bebop style of jazz in the Forties, but by the time we meet him at the beginning of Low Down, it’s 1974 and jazz has fallen out of favor. He’s living in a seedy Hollywood flophouse with his 11-year-old daughter, Amy-Jo (Fanning), struggling with a heroin addiction and scraping by on any gig he can find, which means run-down Italian restaurants and dive bars..."
"...The Dallas native eschews radio hits for sprawling jams where fragments of Miles Davis, Parliament, Prince, and Outkast are splattered across the track like a Jackson Pollock painting. Alternating between paranoia and serene calm, Badu and ?uestlove create moods as much as songs..."
"...Miles DavisThe Complete Miles Davis at Montreux 1973-1991 (Columbia/Legacy) Six years, four milestone box sets, and dozens of important single title reissues after the stunning Miles Davis & Gil Evans, The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings, comes the Miles Davis assemblage to separate the completists from the obsessives. The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux 1973-1991 gathers every minute of every Davis performance at the storied Swiss jazz festival into a 20-CD live compendium of the last seven years of his life..."
"...On his first early Sixties dates for the Blue Note label, Hancock wed the earthiness of funk, R&B, and gospel to bop's aridities without scanting the latter's harmonic rigor. Within a couple of years, he, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams were doing advanced rhythmic calculus in Miles Davis' most famous quintet..."
"...In the recent batch of Blue Note reissues, three of the major jazz tenor saxophonists emerging since 1950 appear. Hank Mobley belonged to the first permanently formed version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and later replaced John Coltrane in Miles Davis' band..."
"...Also, the quick-start swing and sway of "Mr. B" (a tune dedicated to acoustic bassist Ray Brown, the swing set behind Ella, Basie, and Bird), or "Serenade," where Nelson's marimba-ing sends you to steel drum heaven, show that Holland is as vital today as he was in the late Sixties when Miles Davis asked him to play on In a Silent Way..."
"...Miles Davis – Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary TributeAustin Convention Center, Thursday, March 18..."
"...Oft-mentioned, for instance, are the substance-abuse problems of many jazz artists, from Buddy Bolden to Charlie Parker. Insights come not only from musicians, but also a number of authors, some of whom don't specialize in writing about jazz; others, like Negro League baseball great Buck O'Neil and actor Ossie Davis, also offer their views..."
"...Miles Davis had a problem during the Kind of Blue session, according to 90-year-old A&R legend George Avakian, who signed Davis to Columbia Records in 1955: John Coltrane wouldn't stop playing. "'Why do you keep blowing like that?' Miles asked him," recalled Avakian with a chuckle..."
"...Miles DavisSeven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-1964 (Columbia/Legacy)..."
"...Last fall's Austin debut, Jazz to the People, his second CD, braised local Top 10 lists with the lyricism of his silver horn. "Never bashful of his admiration for Miles Davis, he's crafted a sound largely around Davis' formative quintet of the late 1950s," wrote Jay Trachtenberg (see "Texas Platters," Nov..."
"...A Miles Davis Reader edited by Bill Kirchner (Smithsonian Institution Press, $21.95 hard) comes with a warning: It is about Miles Davis the musician and his music; it is not about Miles the media darling, the fashion-setter, the recluse, or The Prince of Darkness. Editor Bill Kirchner has carefully gathered together nearly two dozen articles, essays, and liner notes by an international array of astute and respected jazz writers/critics who expound upon every essential period of the late trumpeter's career...."
"...NT: I just have this thing that I have an idea and I do it. I went to Mexico and spent some time in Mayan ruins, and I’m really into Miles Davis, and I’m really into Bitches Brew..."
"...Miles DavisMiles Davis in Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete (Columbia) Cut live at the Blackhawk nightclub in San Francisco April 21-22, 1961, this 4-CD box set captures Miles Davis with one of his best bands. That would be the great post-bop tenorman Hank Mobley, admired so much for his Blue Note LPs, and the superb rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, among the most admired piano accompanists in jazz history, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb..."
"...Directed by: Garth Davis. Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar, David Wenham, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Khushi Solanki, Deepti Naval, Menik Gooneratne and Divian Ladwa...."
"...Plenty of bad fusion records have been cut, but plenty of bad acoustic albums have as well. To dismiss music that employs heavily amplified guitars and electronic keyboards is absurd: Miles Davis had great fusion bands..."
"...The W.J. McDonald Observatory sits on Mount Locke like two bright, white eggs surrounded by the dark greens and browns of the Davis Mountains of West Texas..."
"...He's a visionary who drastically altered the shape of contemporary music by continuously pushing into new realms of thought and sound. Getting his start performing alongside Latin jazz luminaries Herbie Mann, Willie Bobo, and Mongo Santamaria, the 66-year-old Massachusetts native replaced Herbie Hancock in Miles Davis' band for a two-year stint, 1968-1970, contributing to landmark recordings Filles de Kilimanjaro and Bitches Brew...."
"...Originally trained as a classical pianist, Jack DeJohnette, 74, instead became a certified jazz legend on drums. Playing with John Coltrane and working with his native Chicago's pioneering Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, he moved to New York in 1966 to work with Charles Lloyd and ended up leading the percussive corps on Miles Davis' landmark fusion records Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, and On the Corner..."
"..."It's like when Miles Davis, in the Seventies, was blowing away all these musicians who really didn't know anything about music," says Philip Croley, who along with Mazinga Phaser's Wanz Dover, helped organize the Melodica Festival, and who now books shows for the Mercury and other local venues. "That's kinda what Tortoise has done..."
"...In 1982, when Mississippi-born Cassandra Wilson moved to New York City via New Orleans, she apprenticed with two jazz icons, vocalist Abbey Lincoln and bassist Dave Holland. Nearly two decades later, the 44-year-old Wilson, now both of her mentors' peer, enlists the help of Holland in paying tribute to his onetime employer, Miles Davis, but it's actually Lincoln whose help she should have enlisted..."
"...Certainly Dorough, the jazzbo mind and musical director behind Schoolhouse Rock!, had an influence on De La Soul ("The Magic Number"). If your only familiarity is with Dorough's Saturday morning songsmithery, however, you're likely unaware that the now 88-year-old bebopper also worked alongside everyone from Miles Davis to John Zorn, Allen Ginsberg to Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie to Blossom Dearie..."
"...Miles DavisBitches Brew: 40th Anniversary (Sony/Legacy)..."
"...Adderley: Jazz counts it among its essential names, stamped on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue for starters. On this particular night, it's affixed in big, black letters on the Belmont's bright white marquee: Akina Adderley...."
"...Miles DavisKind of Blue 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition (Columbia/Legacy)..."
"...Kazuya Sakai's work was influenced by music, especially jazz, conceptual and synthetic music. His fascinating work Filles de Kilimanjaro III (Miles Davis), or Girls of Kilimanjaro III (Miles Davis) (1976), alludes to musical notation without frank imitation and incorporates elements of Japanese aesthetic influence..."
"...Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America Director: Matt Ornstein Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby. As a musician he has played with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but in his spare time he likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan..."
"...The Blue Moment: Miles Davis's 'Kind of Blue' and the Remaking of Modern Musicby Richard Williams W.W. Norton & Co., 309 pp., $25.95..."
"...Miles Davis with John ColtraneThe Complete Columbia Recordings (Columbia) Miles Davis' quintet and sextet recordings with John Coltrane are among the most important in jazz history. Davis' leading role in so many movements -- bop, cool, post-bop, modal, fusion, and the unnamed genre he created with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock -- is amazing..."
"...As the RTF lineup fluctuated throughout the 1970s, Clarke remained a permanent fixture. Not even an invitation to join the band of a leather-clad Miles Davis could lure him away from RTF...."
"...That's all I have! BUT, I want to play like Philly Joe Jones. And I want to be in Miles Davis' band with Philly Joe Jones, Paul Chambers, and Red Garland – John Coltrane..."
"...Betty DavisNasty Gal (Light in the Attic) Betty DavisIs It Love or Desire (Light in the Attic)..."
"...The Miles Davis Reader: Interviews and Features from Downbeat Magazineedited and compiled by Frank Alkyer Hal Leonard Books, 354 pp., $24.95..."
"...Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock Box (Columbia Legacy) More than any other jazzman of his generation, pianist/keyboardist/ composer/bandleader Herbie Hancock took the baton handed to him by Miles Davis and sprinted into the future. A member of Davis' incomparable mid-Sixties quintet, Hancock, who stayed active long enough to absorb the famed group's electric experimentations, forged a highly successful two-pronged career..."
"...Da Capo Press, 288pp., $25 If you're at all familiar with Gil Evans it's probably via his extraordinary triumvirate of collaborative, late-Fifties albums with Miles Davis, Miles Ahead, Porgy & Bess, and Sketches of Spain. With the simple declaration "arranged and conducted by Gil Evans," the unassuming, free-spirited Evans became a legendary figure within the larger jazz community..."
"...Now comes Mitchell's new album, Taming the Tiger, brimming with the first-person revelations her longtime fans crave and chock-full of the melodies her critics claim are absent from much of her later work. Yet Tiger is not a compromised capitulation; in fact Wayne Shorter's sax playing is in the tradition of his work with Weather Report and Miles Davis, while the disc's opening track echoes Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway..."