Monday, March 28, 2016

Miles on Monday: Prestige 10" LPs reissued, the latest Miles Ahead news, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* Concord Records' Prestige imprint will release a box set reissuing 11 of Davis' albums released originally from 1951 to 1954 in the 10" LP format on Prestige Records.

* Jazz Times magazine has posted to YouTube a video of guitarist Mike Stern talking about two of his musical mentors, Miles Davis and guitarist Jim Hall.

* Keyboardist Adam Holzman, who played with Davis from 1985 to 1989, discussed his time with the trumpeter as one of many topics in a new interview published on

* Photographer Glen Craig, whose exhibit "A Day in the Life of Miles Davis" has been shown at galleries in Los Angeles and Miami and be seen this spring in Washington DC and NYC, was the subject of an interview published on the Leica camera website.

* The dates and locations that Don Cheadle's film Miles Ahead will play here in St. Louis have been revealed: The film movie opens Friday, April 22 at the AMC Creve Coeur 12 and the Tivoli. A complete list of the film's opening dates and theaters by city can be found on the Sony Classics Miles Ahead website.

* With the release of Miles Ahead in NYC and Los Angeles set for this coming weekend, over the past week there's been a flurry of press attention for the film, its director and stars, and the premiere screening in Cincinnati, where the movie was made. Here, grouped roughly by topic, are some of the highlights of the most recent coverage:

Review: Three Not-Really-Biopics Reimagine the Lives of Chet Baker, Miles Davis and Hank Williams (Time)
Movie review: Don Cheadle Is Electrifying in Miles Ahead (

Don Cheadle Attends Miles Ahead Premiere In Cincinnati (
Don Cheadle expresses gratitude to Cincinnati at 'Miles Ahead' premiere (WCPO)
Don Cheadle: ‘Cincinnati opened its arms to us’ (WLWT)
'Miles Ahead' movie premiere picture gallery (
Friends and Family Remember Legendary Jazz Musician Miles Davis at the Debut of Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead (People)

6 Miles Davis Albums That Changed Music (NPR)
Don Cheadle and Jazz Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire Talk Bringing Miles Davis' Sound and Story to the Big Screen (Billboard)

What Does Genius Look Like? Don Cheadle On Miles Davis And Race In Hollywood (NPR)
Cheadle Discusses Bold Cinematic Depiction of Miles (DownBeat)
Don Cheadle On Becoming Miles Davis (New York Times)
How Don Cheadle Became Miles Davis (The Daily Beast)
First-time director Don Cheadle jazzed to have completed biopic 'Miles Ahead' (New York Daily News)
Ewan McGregor on Miles Davis biopic, taking direction from a costar (The Today Show)

In addition to the feature stories and interviews linked above, Cheadle (pictured, as Davis in one of the film's flashback sequences) sat down last Thursday for an extended interview that was webcast live on, which you can see in the embedded video window below:

Last but not least, Sony Classics last week released another trailer for the film, featuring Cheadle as Davis talking about classical music, improvisation & "playing like you used to":

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