Monday, June 06, 2016

Miles on Monday: A report from
the Miles Davis Jazz Festival, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* Last Saturday's Miles Davis Jazz Festival in Alton, IL is the subject of a report in the Alton Telegraph.

* SFJAZZ profiled three of Davis' ex-sidemen who will be paying tribute to their former boss with the band Miles Electric at this year's San Francisco Jazz Festival.

* Another former Davis colleague, bassist Ron Carter, was interviewed by WBGO about a number of subjects, including his time with the famed trumpeter.

* The Montreux Jazz Festival has revamped their website, with new features such as pages devoted specifically to prominent artists who have played there over the years, including Davis.

* The New York Post has more about the apartment in Davis' old NYC townhouse that's now on the market for $495,000.

* Don Cheadle's film Miles Ahead is still making news, as the actor/director was interviewed about the movie before its opening in Australia by the Sydney Morning Herald, which called his work "an Oscar waiting to happen."

* Meanwhile, Roberto Schaefer, who was director of photography on Miles Ahead, was interviewed about his work on the movie by Filmmaker magazine.

* One notable new critic of Miles Ahead did emerge last week, as comedian, author, activist, and St. Louis Dick Gregory weighed in with a statement and video criticizing Cheadle's approach to Davis' story.

* As for the music associated with the film, pianist Robert Glasper's remix/tribute album Everything's Beautiful was reviewed by Rolling Stone even as members of Davis' family attended a release party for the recording; and the film's soundtrack (pictured) was reviewed by's Geno Thackara.

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