Monday, April 13, 2015

Miles on Monday: "Bye Bye Blackbird" analyzed; vinyl reissue news; and more

Today for "Miles on Monday," more recent news items about the legendary trumpeter:

* JazzEd magazine's latest "Focus Session" offers a comparative transcription and analysis of five of Davis’ versions of “Bye, Bye Blackbird,” recorded over the eight-year period between 1955 and 1963.

* There's yet another special edition reissue of Davis' classic album, Kind Of Blue - this time on marbled blue 180 gram vinyl and limited to only 1500 foil-stamped units- - due out tomorrow from Legacy Recordings and Newbury Comics, a Boston area retailer.

* Jewish Currents last week noted the anniversary of the birth of the late surrealist artist Abdul Mati Klarwein, who created the famous cover art for Davis' albums Bitches Brew and Live-Evil (pictured), as well as numerous other jazz and rock albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

* A new revival of Needles and Opium, a 1995 theatrical work by Canadian actor/director Robert Lepage described as "a cinematic exploration of art, love and addiction...triggered by the art of poet/filmmaker Jean Cocteau and American jazz artist Miles Davis" was reviewed by the Boston Globe.

* Drummer Jimmy Cobb, the last living survivor of the Kind of Blue sessions, will be joined by Davis' biographer Quincy Troupe and trumpeter Wallace Roney in "A Celebration of Miles Davis" for International Jazz Day on Thursday, April 30 at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem.

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