Monday, February 08, 2016

Miles on Monday: News, reviews, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* The box set Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975 has won an NAACP Image Award as 2015's "Outstanding Jazz Album."

* The Hi-Hat label will release Miles Davis - Sun Palace, Fukuoka, Japan October '81 next month on vinyl as a two-LP set. Originally recorded for FM radio broadcast and issued last year on CD, the digitally remastered album (pictured) features Davis, Bill Evans (sax, flute), Mike Stern (guitar), Marcus Miller (bass), Al Foster (drums), and Mino Cinelu (percussion) in a set of material from Davis' comeback album The Man With The Horn.

* Davis' classic album Bitches Brew was the subject of a "Listening Diary" feature from writer David Leone on the website Musica Kaleidoskopea.

* The recently reissued eight-CD box set Miles Davis: The Last Word – The Warner Bros Years was reviewed on the website UK Vibe.

* Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's film about Davis, has been booked for screenings at the Pan African Film Festival and SXSW.

* Meanwhile, blogger CocoaFab asked "Will New Miles Davis Movie Erase Abuse of Black Women Like Straight Outta Compton?", and the New York Daily News has taken the film's impending release on April 1 as an opportunity to look at "the best music biopic portrayals"

* Finally, the past seven days also yielded a couple of media references to Davis in non-musical contexts, as the website Delancey Place used his style of bandleading as an exemplar in "To Delegate or Not To Delegate," while GQ name-checked the trumpeter's sartorial style in "What Miles Davis Can Teach You About Your Suit Game."

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