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Miles Ahead
Don Cheadle stars in and directs this unusual Miles Davis biopic
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Film Review  April 15, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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 Smiles
Buried within Miles Davis’ Complete Columbia Album Collection is the stunning Live in Europe ’67 DVD.
DAILY Music  December 23, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...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..."

Miles and Miles of Miles
The Columbia Legacy
Music Story  December 12, 1997, by Jeff Mccord
"...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..."

Walk 120 Miles in My Shoes
'Mojados: Through the Night'
Screens Story  March 12, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...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...."

Day Trips: Fort Davis NHS
One of the best preserved frontier forts in the Southwest rides again
Columns  November 19, 2015, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...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...."

Tonight: Miles Arceneaux and Stephen Romano at BookPeople
Start your October off write
DAILY Books  October 1, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Steve Davis' Top 10 List
Screens Story  December 31, 2014, by Steve Davis


Kill the Trumpet Player
Don Cheadle does Miles Davis in freak-fusion biopic Miles Ahead
Screens Story  March 10, 2016, by Michael Agresta
"...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..."

Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods
The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography
Music Story  September 13, 2018, by Kahron Spearman
"...In Miles Davis' autobiography, one of the mightiest forces in music, let alone jazz, recounts a 1956 winter date at Cafe Bohemia, a onetime Greenwich Village staple. The trumpeter hadn't yet banished saxophonist John Coltrane and all-time drummer Philly Joe Jones from his short-lived "first great quintet" despite both addicts having become liabilities..."

Trawling Panthalassa
Sound Sorcerer Bill Laswell Takes Miles Davis
Music Story  May 1, 1998, by David Lynch
"...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..."

Dingo
Winner of Best Musical Score in the 1991 AFI Awards (and nominated for Best Film), Dingo is a jazz-infused tale set in what seems the most unlikely of places to...
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Film Review  May 22, 1992, by Pamela Bruce
"...Directed by: Rolf De Heer. Starring: Colin Friels, Miles Davis, Helen Buday, Joe Petruzzi and Bernadette Lafont..."

Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival
We want the world and we want it now. When did the Woodstock generation start believing its own hype and, what's more, when did it quit? Message to Love: The...
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Film Review  June 20, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Billy Madison
After his stint at SNL, Adam Sandler broke out as a movie star with this comedy.

Film Review  February 17, 1995, by Joey O'Bryan
"...Directed by: Tamra Davis. Starring: Adam Sandler, Bridgette Wilson and Darren McGavin..."

Low Down
John Hawkes plays junkie jazz musician Joe Albany in this film based on his daughter's memoirs.
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Film Review  November 14, 2014, by Josh Kupecki
"...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..."

Jazz Great John Scofield Endures
Guitarist and Miles Davis alum puts on a clinic Friday at Mohawk
DAILY Music  October 3, 2018, by Michael Toland
"...John Scofield’s four-decade-plus career encompasses nearly every guitar style without blurring the jazz core of his oeuvre. Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Medeski Martin & Wood all figure prominently..."

Lay It Down
?uestlove's all over the place
DAILY Music  May 20, 2008, by Thomas Fawcett
"...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 Davis
In Box
Music Review  October 25, 2002, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."

Box Sets
Herbie Hancock
Music Story  December 11, 1998
"...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..."

Reissues
Music Story  December 13, 1996
"...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..."

Jazz Sides
Music Story  October 16, 1998
"...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..."

Ballroom Dancing
SXSW panels
Music Story  March 19, 2010, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Miles Davis – Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary TributeAustin Convention Center, Thursday, March 18..."

'Kind of Blue' at 50
'Kind of Blue' panel gets kind of cool
Music Story  March 20, 2009, by Dan Oko
"...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..."

Better Than Nothing
Documentarian Ken Burns' takes on Jazz -- and loses.
Music Story  January 12, 2001, by Harvey Pekar
"...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
Gift guide
Music Story  December 10, 2004, by Harvey Pekar
"...Miles DavisSeven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-1964 (Columbia/Legacy)..."

Aural History
Jeff Lofton, son of an Army drill instructor, sure doesn’t play trumpet like one – or does he?
Music Story  February 12, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."

Live Through This!
The Semi-Annual Rock & Roll Round-up
Books Story  December 5, 1997
"...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...."

SXSW: Nik Turner Spreads His Cosmic Wings
Hawkwind co-founder to re-enact the 'Space Ritual'
DAILY SXSW  March 15, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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 Davis
In Box
Music Review  August 15, 2003, by Harvey Pekar
"...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..."

Lion
An orphan's search for his birth mother gets an assist from Google Earth
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Film Review  December 23, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Infinity and Beyond
Return to Forever captain Chick Corea takes his Millennium Falcon out of mothballs
Music Story  May 23, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...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...."

Some of That Jazz
Compared to What?
Books Story  February 20, 1998, by Harvey Pekar
"...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..."

Day Trips
Columns  June 14, 1996, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...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..."

Drum Legend Jack DeJohnette Returns to Austin
We talk to the jazz titan about Coltrane, his latest album, and more
Music Story  February 2, 2017, by Michael Toland
"...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..."

The New Rites of Spring
The Last Word in Instrumental Rock
Music Story  April 27, 2001, by Michael Chamy
"..."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..."

Record Reviews
Abbey Lincoln
Music Review  April 1, 1999
"...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..."

Bob Dorough Still Has the Magic Number
On 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' bebop, and being forever beatnik
Screens Story  June 15, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...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 Davis
Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary
Music Story  December 17, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...Miles DavisBitches Brew: 40th Anniversary (Sony/Legacy)..."

Family Affair
Akina Adderley adds her name to the family ledger
Music Story  June 10, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...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 Davis
Music Review  December 12, 2008, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...Miles DavisKind of Blue 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition (Columbia/Legacy)..."

"Twister: Moving Through Color, 1965-1976"
"Twister: Moving Through Color, 1965-1976" looks at artists of that era who took the road less traveled, continuing to investigate painting with spatial illusions and other perceptual tricks
Arts Review  December 24, 2004, by Jacqueline May
"...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..."

SXSW Film Announces Features Lineup
Competitive narratives and docs unveiled, plus more
DAILY Screens  February 2, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...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 Music
Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and everything after
Music Story  June 11, 2010, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...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 Coltrane The Complete Columbia Recordings (Columbia)
Reissues
Music Review  May 19, 2000, by Harvey Pekar
"...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..."

Bomb the Bass
Who says the guitar is sexier than bass? Not Return to Forever's Stanley Clarke, and hopefully not Beyoncé either.
Music Story  May 23, 2008, by Thomas Fawcett
"...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...."

Reissues
Music Story  June 15, 2007, by Audra Schroeder
"...Betty Davis..."

Play Misty for Me
Did you know Bill Cosby is an accomplished jazz drummer?
Music Story  September 18, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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 Davis
Reissues
Music Review  December 18, 2009, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Betty DavisNasty Gal (Light in the Attic) Betty DavisIs It Love or Desire (Light in the Attic)..."

The Miles Davis Reader
Sheet Music
Music Review  March 28, 2008, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...The Miles Davis Reader: Interviews and Features from Downbeat Magazineedited and compiled by Frank Alkyer Hal Leonard Books, 354 pp., $24.95..."

Miles Davis
In Box
Music Review  January 13, 2006, by Harvey Pekar
"...Miles Davis..."

Herbie Hancock
Box Set
Music Story  December 6, 2002, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...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..."

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