Monday, October 26, 2015

Miles on Monday: Reissue news, Don Cheadle on directing Miles Ahead, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* Actor/director Don Cheadle tells Hollywood Reporter why he stayed in character as Davis throughout the process of directing Miles Ahead.

* To promote the upcoming release of Bitches Brew, a volume in the 33-1/3 Books series about the album of the same name, the book's author George Grella last week took over the publisher's blog for a series of posts about Davis:
Day 1: Music To Read Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew By?
Day 2: The Lost Quintet
Day 3: Do As I Say, Not As I Do
Day 4: Miles to Go
Miles Davis Week – Miles Ahead

* The rather prosaically named 1956 LP Miles Davis, Volume 2 is among the latest batch of vinyl reissues from Blue Note records released last Friday, October 23. The 12" album (pictured) added more tracks and new cover art to an earlier version originally issued as a 10" LP in 1953.

* As noted on Universal Music's blog, today marks 60 years since Davis did his first recording session for Columbia Records on October 26, 1955. However, those recordings - which included a version of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight," but using the variant name "'Round About Midnight"  - weren't issued until 1957. That's because Davis still was under contract to Prestige Records, for whom he cut another version of "Round Midnight" on this date exactly one year later in 1956 that was released as a single and later included on the 1959 album Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants.

* Muhammad Abdullah, previously known as Miles Davis IV and son of Miles Davis and Irene Cawthon Davis-Oliver, has died at age 65 of complications from a heart ailment. Abdullah, a veteran of the US Navy, was buried in a Muslim ceremony on Thursday, October 22 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

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