Monday, April 11, 2016

Miles on Monday: The latest Miles Ahead
news and reviews, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* The new book The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles by Bob Gluck (pictured) was reviewed by Karl Ackerman for

* Pianist Robert Glasper and writer Ashley Kahn will team up this fall to teach a course on the music and legacy of Miles Davis at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

* A new exhibit, "So What! The Artistry of Miles Davis," opened last week at the William Grant Still Arts Center in Los Angeles. The exhibit, which features "archival recordings, magazine articles, concert posters, original photographs, and a significant discography" continues through June 4.

Meanwhile, as the run-up continues to the nationwide opening on April 22 of Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's film about Davis, the movie continues to make plenty of news. Here's coverage from the past week, once again organized roughly by topic:

The music
* Smithsonian Jazz Expert Gives Liner Notes to the New Miles Davis Biopic (Smithsonian)
* Early Days With Miles Davis (Magnet)
* Don Cheadle’s latest film, Miles Ahead, is miles apart from other biopics (Dallas Morning News)
* HEAR: Miles Davis & Robert Glasper ft. Phonte on New Track (Keyboard)
* Album review: Miles Davis and various artists, Miles Ahead OST (Irish Examiner)
* The mercurial, magnificent Miles Davis (San Francisco Chronicle)
* Robert Glasper on scoring 'Miles Ahead' tribute LP (

Reviews of the film
* 'Miles Ahead' review: Don Cheadle's inventive, freewheeling slice of jazz legend's life (Chicago Tribune)
* Review: Miles Ahead (
* Miles Ahead Captures Miles Davis' Lightning in a Bottle (East Bay Express)
* Original Gangster - Don Cheadle and Steven Baigelman jettison traditional biopic conventions to capture the gangster truth of enigmatic jazz genius Miles Davis in Miles Ahead (Writer's Guild of America)
* Insert music-related pun to indicate Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic isn't good (
* Cheadle’s acting excellent in free-form Miles Davis movie (SF Gate)
* ‘Miles Ahead’ boldly re-imagines Miles Davis’s life (Washington Post)
* ‘Miles Ahead’: Don Cheadle captures the cool in bold biopic (Chicago Sun Times)
* 'Miles Ahead' Ponders Miles Davis' Lost Years (Popmatters)
* Miles Ahead Review (

Interviews and features
* Box Office: A Healthy Opening for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' (
* Photos from Miles Ahead opening in London (
* Don Cheadle on playing Miles Davis and directing his first film (AV Club)
* Don Cheadle interview: The actor directs and stars in a new biopic of manic jazz legend Miles Davis (The Independent UK)
* Popcast: Miles Davis and Chet Baker, Artists in Exile (New York Times)
* Vince Wilburn on Miles Ahead (WBGO)
* Don Cheadle on BBC Radio 4 (BBC Radio 4)
* How Miles Davis inspires actor-director Don Cheadle (BBC)
* Don Cheadle: 'Miles Davis was probably bipolar' (BBC)
* Don Cheadle gets inside Miles Davis’ head (San Francisco Examiner)
* Actor Don Cheadle is Miles Ahead as Music Icon Miles Davis (Voice of America News)
* Cincinnatian appears in Miles Davis movie (Cincinnati Herald)

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