Monday, March 21, 2016

Miles on Monday: Don Cheadle takes
Miles Ahead to SXSW, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* With the US opening of Miles Ahead now less than two weeks away, actor/director Don Cheadle went to the SXSW festival in Austin, TX to attend a screening of the film and participate in a panel discussion that included pianist Robert Glasper and trumpeter and St. Louis native Keyon Harrold (pictured, with Cheadle), who both worked on the film's soundtrack.

Press coverage of that appearance included feature stories in The Guardian (UK) and Page Six.

* As part of the advance promotional effort, the film's distributor Sony Classics also released another trailer for Miles Ahead, featuring a scene in which Davis meets his future wife Frances. You can see that trailer via the video embed at the bottom of this post.

* In other Miles Ahead news, an interview with Cheadle headlined "Why I Had to Make My Miles Davis Biopic" was published by Rolling Stone; the film was reviewed, briefly but favorably, by; and it was announced that Cheadle will attend a red carpet premiere of the movie and after party on March 26 in Cincinnati, where Miles Ahead was filmed.

* Meanwhile, the film's impending release prompted a writer at to muse about the late-1960s beginnings of Davis' electric period, and the blog Aquarium Drunkard to take another look at a video of Davis' 1973 performance in Vienna, featuring a maelstrom of electric guitar from Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas.

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