Monday, April 25, 2016

Miles on Monday: When Miles met Prince, plus the latest Miles Ahead reviews, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* With the unexpected death last week of multi-hyphenate pop/rock star Prince, unreleased audio has surfaced online from an attempted late-1980s collaboration between him and Miles Davis. Billboard magazine has details and the audio here, while a story on went "Inside Miles Davis’ Prince Obsession, As Detailed By Davis’ Family and Collaborators."

* The BBC compiled memories of Davis' late-career performances in the United Kingdom from musicians, promoters, and others involved with the British jazz scene for a feature story headlined "Miles Davis: The rare UK shows near the end of a jazz life."

* A post on highlighted a video interview with keyboardist Herbie Hancock revealing "What Miles Davis Taught Herbie Hancock: In Music, as in Life, There Are No Mistakes, Just Chances to Improvise."

* Meanwhile, news and reviews of the film of Miles Ahead - playing this week in St. Louis at the Tivoli and the AMC Creve Coeur 12 - continue to proliferate. Here are links to the latest, grouped roughly by topic; for much, much more about Miles Ahead, check out previous posts here under the "Miles on Monday" tag.

* Miles Davis movie short on facts but packed with action (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
* ‘Miles Ahead’ is a free-form take on life of jazz great Miles Davis: 2.5 stars (Kansas City Star)
* Seymour Movies: So What? That’s What. (
* Jazz portrait Miles Ahead hits the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order, writes BRIAN VINER (The Daily Mail UK)
* Rebirth of cool: Cheadle shines in Miles Davis biopic (
* Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic is an unconventional pleasure - Worth of the Cool (Nashville Scene)
* ‘Miles Ahead’ adds unnecessary fiction to the life of Miles Davis (Las Vegas Weekly)
* Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic a missed opportunity (Cape Cod Times)
* Review: Miles Ahead (Gambit)
* Miles Ahead, film review: an open-ended biopic with a glorious performance from Don Cheadle (The Independent UK)
* REVIEW: 'Miles Ahead,' Don Cheadle's Miles Davis bio-pic (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
* Don Cheadle gives mesmerizing performance as Miles Davis (Richard Roeper/Universal Press Syndicate)
* Miles Ahead: A Powerhouse Film, But is it the Truth? (
* ‘Miles Ahead’ leaves Miles Davis behind (Seattle Times)
* A Miles Davis biopic as gloriously messy as the man himself (The Telegraph UK)
* Nice effort, Don Cheadle, but no film will ever do Miles Davis’s defiant, volatile music justice (The Spectator UK)
* 'Miles Ahead' movie review: Jazz biopic eschews convention in search for the essence of Miles Davis (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
* Miles Ahead review – magnificent mooch through the wilderness years (The Guardian UK)
* Miles Ahead review – ode to a jazz giant (The Guardian UK)
* Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis Film, Miles Ahead, Isn’t a Real Biopic—It’s Something Better (
* 'Miles Ahead' review: Don Cheadle finds Miles Davis' spirit in wild, subversive biopic (
* FILM REVIEW: Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead (London Jazz News)
* Review: Miles Ahead (Brilliant Corners, A Boston Jazz Blog)
* 'Miles Ahead': The great Don Cheadle puts the great Miles Davis in a bizarre heist movie (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
* Miles Davis biopic ‘Miles Ahead’ is a hot mess (Charlotte News-Observer)
* Don Cheadle Plays Miles Davis in Miles Ahead - Also Featuring an Unnecessary Ewan McGregor! (Portland Mercury)

Interviews and features
* Who shot Miles redux (
* Conversation between friends about Miles Davis – the movie, the music and the man (Buffalo News)
* Don Cheadle: Miles Davis was mercurial and dangerous... he was the real original gangsta (The Sun UK)
* Q&A: Actor/Director Don Cheadle On His Miles Davis Biopic 'Miles Ahead' – 'It Became A Monkey On My Back' (
* Man with the Horn: Actor Don Cheadle on Channeling Jazz Great Miles Davis in Miles Ahead (San Antonio Current)
* Don Cheadle on Miles Davis: ‘He touched on everything. And he changed everything’ (Irish Times)
* Miles Davis’s story brought to life as Don Cheadle fulfils a dream (The Australian)
* "Miles Davis consumed everything to create what he created..." talks to Don Cheadle (
* Don Cheadle interview: Miles Ahead, directing and more (

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