Monday, December 21, 2015

Miles on Monday: Cicely Tyson on
being married to Miles Davis, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* In an interview last week with CBS This Morning, Davis' ex-wife Cicely Tyson talked about her seven-year marriage to the trumpeter. Tyson (pictured with Davis), who just celebrated her 91st birthday over the weekend, was married to Davis from 1981 to 1988.

* Rhino Records finally has made available in the US the box set Miles Davis, The Last Word: The Warner Bros. Years, which previously could be had only as an import from Europe.

The eight-disc set includes the studio albums Tutu, Amandla, Aura, and Doo-Bop; Davis' contributions to the film soundtracks Music from Siesta and Dingo: Original Soundtrack; the concert albums Live Around the World and Miles and Quincy Live at Montreux; a DVD of a previously unreleased performance at the 1986 Nice Jazz Festival; and a 60-page bound booklet with photos and liner notes from jazz writer Ashley Kahn.

* A brief encounter between Davis and a street musician is the subject of an excerpt (shared last week by blogger Scott K Fish) from Miles to Go: The Lost Years. An Intimate Memoir of Life on the Road with Miles Davis 1973-1983, a book by Davis' former road manager Chris Murphy.

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