Miles Ahead Biopic Recorded Music Projects

Miles Ahead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The music recorded for the Miles Davis Biopic, Miles Ahead is pure improvisational genius. The Miles Ahead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) has original Miles Davis recordings plus new material composed by Robert Glasper performed by Don Cheadle on-screen (where trumpeter Keyon Harrold managed to dub in sensational Miles-like horn parts).

What can I say about Robert Glasper’s contribution to this project? I am in awe of what he has crafted with Don Cheadle and others. Scoring the film proved one of the biggest challenges of Glasper’s career.

“It was amazing, enlightening, hard, stressful, challenging – all of that,” Glasper said.

One of my favorite tracks is “Gone 2015”, featuring Pharoahe Monch.

Don Cheadle is a huge supporter of my music and is a fan and he reached out,” energetic Monch relayed. “We worked on some original stuff and the shit came out so Illmatic. We were in the mad old school style studio with all the instruments with the wood panels and piano, horns and all that stuff. We wound up working on this one joint. It was me, Robert and Keyon Harrold—who actually played trumpet on the song and throughout the film—and we came up with an ill joint and [Sony Pictures Classics] loved it. We just kept it raw. We actually just kept it like we did in the studio; just mad raw but when you hear it in the soundtrack, it will actually be mixed.” – courtesy of HipHopDx http://hiphopdx.com/news/id.38137/title.pharoahe-monch-talks-working-with-don-cheadle-on-miles-ahead-soundtrack



Everything’s Beautiful – Robert Glasper

The recordings of Miles Davis reimagined by Grammy Award Winning Musician Robert Glasper with guest artists Erykah Badu, KING, John Scofield, Phonte, Bilal, Ledisi, Stevie Wonder, Laura Mvula, Hiatus Kaiyote & Others. It will be available on Friday, May 27. Preorder http://smarturl.it/Davis_Glasper_iTunes

Robert Glasper was given full reign to sample, rework, and reinterpret anything in the Sony Miles Davis catalog that he pleased. He came away with a warm, life-affirming album of eleven reinvented Miles classics.

One highlight track is “Violets,” a collaboration with North Carolina hip-hop veterans Phonte of the hip-hop soul outfit the Foreign Exchange and producer 9th Wonder.



Born to Be Blue – Ethan Hawke

Spring 2016 offers jazz fans some great choices for famous trumpet player movies. I reported earlier on the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle which opens April 1st in limited theaters (NY/LA). I am invited to attend the advance screening earlier in New York City as an IndieGoGo contributor but I have a schedule conflict that night darn it all.

I was just informed by the 92nd Street Y that Ethan Hawke will be appearing there with his new film about Chet Baker, Born to Be Blue on March 17th. He will conduct an interview after the screening. How cool is that 😉

Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf: Preview of “Born to Be Blue” and Conversation with Ethan Hawke

Date: Thu, Mar 17, 2016, 8 pm

Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

Price: from $32.00

Ethan Hawke stars as Chet Baker in this remarkably creative reimagining of the legendary jazz trumpeter’s struggle to overcome his drug addiction and stage a comeback.

Miles Ahead – Social Music

English: Miles Davis
English: Miles Davis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cover of "Miles Ahead"
Cover of Miles Ahead

For those of you who know about and for those of you I am just informing Don Cheadle, actor and producer is making his directorial début with a film entitled, Miles Ahead. It’s a movie about Miles Davis‘s silent period between 1975 to 1979. Don Cheadle also plays Miles Davis in the movie. Filming has commenced in Cincinnati, Ohio.

We have a fantastic opportunity  through crowdfunding to get in on the ground floor of this paramount film and its original soundtrack recording.

Thank you Don Cheadle for the invitation. I just made a contribution. Give this project your consideration 🙂

 

 

 

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The Universal Tone, My Life By Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana will release his biography, The Universal Tone, My Life on November 4, 2014. The book will be published by Little, Brown and Company, a publishing group of Hachette Book Group.

The intimate and long-awaited memoir of guitar legend Carlos Santana

In the realm of guitar gods, Santana stands alone for what’s come to be called his “universal tone”-both the fact that you can recognize a Santana song from just one note and the fact that Santana is well known to believe music and soul are interconnected.

In the category of major rock memoirs yet undone, this is at the top-a big autobiography by one of the most mysterious and influential musicians of the last 50 years.

From growing up dirt poor in Mexico and suffering abuse to becoming a lowly dishwasher in the US with a hot guitar hand, to a person whom you might almost think is perpetually in a state of nirvana or at least bliss, this is the story of a fascinating man who brings the ideal combination of storytelling gold and a major marketing machine.

This is one of the most sensory (and sensual) major rock bios you’ll ever read. His voice comes through, it’s deeply honest and frank, and from imagining the wisps of smoke from a long gone Miles Davis before Carlos’s shows to describing the depths of his connection to sound, Santana brings a remarkable book to his huge following this fall.

Collaborators

The C in Carlos stands for collaboration. The Santana album, Supernatural commenced Carlos Santana’s collaboration era. All of his next albums evidence that cooperative spirit. It stands to reason that Carlos Santana would collaborate his personal journey with his two close music writer/historian friends, Ashley Kahn and Hal Miller. Carlos Santana, Ashley Kahn and Hal Miller share a common bond, the spirit of jazz embodied by Mr. Miles Davis and Mr. John Coltrane. I feel it is important that my readers gain an appreciation for the backgrounds of these two prominent music journalists. It will increase your anticipation of the quality of the biography we will receive later this year.

I also point you to a Web article about Ashley Kahn interviewing Carlos Santana at the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014.

Ashley Kahn

Ashley Kahn has authored three of the best jazz books you will ever read. Two of those three books are about major jazz albums, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis and A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. Each book is a masterpiece of research, rich in history and facts about these classic recordings. I own both books, signed and I love to read them as I listen to these two amazing albums to gain more insight about the respective jazz geniuses.

Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, foreword by Jimmy Cobb, 2001, Da Capo Press, USA, ISBN 0-306-81067-0

A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album, foreword by Elvin Jones, 2002 for the first edition, Viking Penguin, USA, ISBN 0-670-03136-4

The third jazz book covers the definitive jazz label, Impulse Records. Nate Chinen just wrote a fantastic article in the New York Times about Impulse Records resurgence.

 

The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records. (2006) W. W. Norton, ISBN 0-393-05879-4

Ashley Kahn is also a prolific liner note writer for a variety of music reissue labels, for which he has earned three ASCAP/Deems Taylor awards, and two Grammy nominations.

Ashley Kahn presently is an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching various courses for the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I’d love to attend one of his courses.

Hal Miller

Hal Miller is a longtime personal friend of Carlos Santana. Hal Miller is Carlos’s documentarian. Hal is a subject matter authority on Carlos Santana and the world of jazz. Hal has authored insightful liner notes for recordings in the Santana catalogue. Hal’s liner notes proved noteworthy for the Santana reissues, Caravanserai, Love Devotion and Surrender, and Moonflower.

Hal Miller has documented many of the Santana concert tours which you can read on the Santana.com Tour Blog. Hal Miller is also a great photographer, look here for you many of his Santana photographs.

Hal Miller shuns publicity on the InterWeb which I respect about him. This Website had the best tribute and information links about Hal.

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Concert Review: Santana and Rod Stewart, Mohegan Sun, May 25, 2014

The last time I saw Santana live was during their co-headliner tour with the Allman Bros. in July of 2012. The band’s trend of co-headlining East Coast concerts continues this year with Santana teaming up with Rod Stewart.

I go way back in concert with each of these legendary artists. I first caught Rod Stewart as lead vocalist with the Jeff Beck Group at the Fillmore East on July 3, 1969. I then saw Santana for the first time live the following year, November 14, 1970 at the Capitol Theatre in Portchester, New York. What’s interesting about both artists is that there was a significant gap in time before I saw either of them again. I re engaged with Santana in August of 2002 (a 32 year gap). I have since seen Santana perform live an extra 19 times (21 Santana concerts in 44 years, 20 of those shows in the past 12 years). I had not seen Rod Stewart perform in 45 years. So let’s do the time warp again 😉

The concert was billed as The Voice, The Guitar and The Songs, Rod Stewart, Santana. The Santana band was the opening act. It’s important to note that this is not the Santana Corazon Tour. If you look at the Santana.com Website you will notice that the Santana Tour dates reflect two different tours, the dates with Rod Stewart and the Corazon Tour.


GALAXY DANCE INTRO
1. TOUSSAINT L’OUVERTURE
2. HOPE YOUR FEELING BETTER
3. BLACK MAGIC WOMAN / GYPSY QUEEN
4. OYE COMO VA
5. MARIA MARIA
6. FOO FOO
7. *CORAZON ESPINADO-(CINDY & BENNY SOLO)
8. JINGO
9. SACALO
10. SAJA/ RIGHT ON/ UMI SAYS
11. SMOOTH/ DAME TU AMOR

*W/ CINDY BLACKMAN-SANTANA

 

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Miles Davis On His 88th Birthday

Forever Miles Davis
Forever Miles Davis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are students of Miles. Miles Davis, mentor would have been 88 years old this day, Monday May 26, 2014. What a true Memorial Day it is for jazz fans everywhere!

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It is right and just that Miles Davis should have a street named after him in New York City on his 88th Birthday. After all he lived and created his extemporaneous genius at 312 West 77th Street. From this day forward we will know this street as Miles Davis Way.

The digital music technologist in me honored Miles legacy today by listening to various Miles Davis full album recordings in HQ via YouTube over the InterWeb.

The technology configuration I streamed Miles music through:

1. The Google Chromecast* USB attached to the back of a Sony HDTV 61″ LCD display. The television screen displayed the various covers and other images which is cool. (*Aided and abetted by the Google Chrome Browser extension on a MacBook Pro I7 with Mac OS/X 10.9.3)

2. I also connected to Optimum Cablevision Internet via a NetGear 802.11ac Wireless Router. Chromecast was then secured over that Wireless Access Point (WAP)

3. The sound was represented by a Sony Blu-Ray Home Theater 7.1 Surround Sound system.

It sounded fantastic!

 

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Will You Welcome From My Heart, Santana

Ten years ago I was in the midst of purchasing every album in the Santana catalogue for my music collection. It’s very rare that I collect every commercial recording by an artist. When I purchased the Santana album, Milagro I discovered how pivotal this recording was in Carlos Santana’s evolutionary growth.

Cover of "Milagro"

Milagro was dedicated to the lives of Bill Graham and Miles Davis, two instrumental figures to Carlos Santana.

Here is Bill Graham’s introduction of Santana:

Good evening, thank you for being with us. Welcome to a very, very special occasion. Some years ago some of us heard and felt a very special sound, about the joy of loving, the joy of giving and thank God it’s with us this evening. Will you welcome from my heart, Santana.

 

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MILES AT THE FILLMORE: MILES DAVIS 1970: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 3

Cover of "Bitches Brew"
Cover of Bitches Brew

Think of it, Miles Davis performing live at the Rock Palace, The Fillmore East from June 17-20, 1970. If only you could turn back time and be one of those lucky fans in attendance.

Well the next best thing (plus some cool extras) will soon be available from SONY Legacy Recordings (Amazon fulfills for them) and the Official Miles Davis Web Site.  The 4 CD Audio Box Set, MILES AT THE FILLMORE – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 will drop on March 25th, 2014.

This was the Electric Miles era that introduced the rock audience to jazz fusion through the epic recording, Bitches Brew

The 1970 band comprised Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira, and Steve Grossman.

Carlos Santana’s love, respect and friendship with Miles Davis has fine tuned me into Miles Davis with a focused intensity I love experiencing. Even today, Santana remains awestruck by Davis’ psychedelic proto-funk, as is made clear in his liner notes to a significant restoration of the old live album “Miles Davis at Fillmore”  

“You can hear that anger and darkness and the craziness of everything that was still in the air from the ’60s when this music was made,” says the guitarist Carlos Santana, a Fillmore regular and witness to the eruption of the electric Miles Davis. “If ever there was a time when a rock audience was willing to open their ears and hear some great modern jazz like the kind Miles was creating, it was at the Fillmore.”

The extras included with the box set differ based upon your point of purchase. Order your copy of the box set at MilesDavis.com and get the exclusive poster below with your purchase!

There are three added bonus tracks that add another 35 minutes of music, released here for the first time, recorded in April 1970,(right after Bitches Brew was released) at the Fillmore West in San Francisco (where Bill Graham put Miles and band on a bill with the Grateful Dead and Stone The Crows). That live evening will be included with your purchase, everywhere.

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