Monday, June 08, 2015

Miles on Monday: Memorial Project gets $5,000 gift, Prestige vinyl box set reviewed, and more

For this week's "Miles on Monday," a roundup of recent news items about the legendary trumpeter:

* Miles Davis' use of electric instruments in his band during the late 1960s and early 70s helped spur their adoption by a lot of jazz musicians, and now one might say that electricity is returning the favor.

That's because the Miles Davis Memorial Project announced last week that they've received a $5,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to support their  construction of a plaza and sculpture honoring Miles Davis in downtown Alton. The statue of Davis by sculptor Preston Jackson will be unveiled on September 12.

*  Davis' visit to Scotland in 1990 was recalled by Jim Smith, former director of the Glasgow Jazz Festival.

* The vinyl reissue box set (pictured) of Davis' Prestige 10” LP Collection Volume Two was reviewed at SoundStage! Hi-Fi.

* New England Public Radio spotlighted an infrequently seen video of Davis performing a blues in 1963 on The Tonight Show with Steve Allen.

* A blogger takes another look at bassist/producer Bill Laswell's re-imagining of Davis' music on the remix album Panthalassa.

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