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 Posted:   Feb 5, 2016 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Saw the trailer for that Don Cheadle Miles Davis movie, which looks positively dreadful. It's supposed to take place between 1975-80, which is when Miles was musically inactive and doing nothing but shaggng chicks and snorting cocaine. They also show about ten gunbattles in the trailer which are all news to me. Miles does gloss over this period in his legendary, foul-mouthed autobiography, but did mention how depraved he was during that time. It figures that Hollywood would make yet another film set in an era where they could slap ugly '70s wigs and muttonchop sideburns on a bunch of actors.

I can only hope that this film, however good or bad it really is, will at least get a few Millennials to explore Miles' one redeeming value: his muthafuckin' music. cool

http://variety.com/2016/film/news/miles-davis-movie-trailer-don-cheadle-1201696102/



What a shame. His early ( 40's - 50's ) life would make a far more interesting film. So much to take that would make great filming from his autobiography, not least the great artists he worked with from Coltrane to Parker to Evans and many others.

p.s. How many times is the word M***** F***** used in his autobiography? wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2016 - 3:23 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

How many times is the word M***** F***** used in his autobiography

More than once, I can assure you! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2016 - 4:18 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I've read it Jim.

Used in both the positive and the negative...

'He could play like a m***** f******'

He was a non-playing m***** f******'

big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2016 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've read it Jim.

Used in both the positive and the negative...

'He could play like a m***** f******'

He was a non-playing m***** f******'

big grin


This should be the poster child for "Context is Everything"!

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2016 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Don Cheadle IS Miles Davis!"

Are the Millennials going to eat this stuff up, like they did On the Road? wink

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2016 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

They should have gotten Huggy Bear to play Miles.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2017 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

'Blue Moods' recorded July 9, 1955, Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.

Lesser known album, just 26 minutes long but some gorgeous laid back , moody jazz. I love it.This is one of just four tracks.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 5:54 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Yes, that's as good a rendition of "Nature Boy" as one is ever likely to hear. It can cure most anyone of the "Stuck Inside of FSM with the Spielberg Blues Again."

The song's composer, Eden Ahbez, was a most interesting fellow:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden_ahbez

 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2017 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

“Rate it? How can I rate that?” — the Miles Davis “Blindfold Test” June 1964"

http://jerryjazzmusician.com/2017/11/rate-can-rate-miles-davis-blindfold-test-june-1964/

"Clark Terry, right? You know, I’ve always liked Clark. But this is a sad record. Why do they make records like that? With the guitar in the way, and that sad fucking piano player. He didn’t do nothing for the rhythm section – didn’t you hear it get jumbled up? All they needed was a bass and Terry.

That’s what’s fucking up music, you know. Record companies. They make too many sad records, man."

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2017 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

It sort of makes you wonder how much of Miles was really a composer at heart. The point of most of those mix records is to hear what happens spontaneously when two artists mix it. Miles wants each to be reflecting the other to produce a sound that's good by some aesthetic criterion, as in a set composition. But is jazz always meant to be like that?

And can you blame the record companies for what happens when two folk jam? Maybe you can blame them for what they choose to put out. But do you argue with legends?

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2017 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

In reading Miles' comments, it makes me wonder why film score composers haven't been as opinionated and sure of themselves since the days of Herrmann, Fielding, Goldsmith, and (possibly) Ennio.

I don't believe that even rock or rap is as caustic as Miles.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2017 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"....and Reminiscing... Dept."

I'm pretty sure this 1987 interview with Miles Davis--hosted by Nile Rodgers--was my first exposure to The Picasso of Jazz. I would have been about 16:

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2017 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

'Blue Moods' recorded July 9, 1955, Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.

Lesser known album, just 26 minutes long but some gorgeous laid back , moody jazz. I love it.This is one of just four tracks.


Your earlier link of "Nature Boy" was no longer active, so I'm adding this one of the same (transcendent) version:

 
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