Monday, March 07, 2016

Miles on Monday: Miles Ahead movie
featured on DownBeat cover, and more

This week in Miles Davis news: 

* The upcoming feature film Miles Ahead and its director and star Don Cheadle are featured on the cover of the April issue of DownBeat magazine (pictured).

The accompanying article inside includes extensive quotes from interviews with Cheadle and Davis' ex-wife Francis Davis, as well as a look at the film's soundtrack, highlighting the contributions and including a photo of trumpeter and St. Louis native Keyon Harrold.

Though the article isn't available online (due to DB's custom of keeping most of their content print-only), the dead-tree edition is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, newsstand, or other source for magazines.

* In other Miles Ahead news, the movie is included on The Observer's list of the "Magnificent Seven: Films to See This Spring", and was reviewed by the Australian web site Boomtown Rap in advance of a screening next week at the Perth Film Festival.

* This week in Miles Davis history, it was 46 years ago today that Davis performed at the Fillmore East in NYC, a recording of which circulated for years as a bootleg before being officially released by Sony Music in 2001 as Live at the Fillmore East March 7, 1970: It's About that Time.

The gig, featuring a number of compositions from the yet-to-be-released album Bitches Brew, turned out to be the final performance in Davis' band for saxophonist Wayne Shorter. You can hear an audio stream of music from the album via the embedded window below.

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