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A Weekly Round-Up Of Miles Davis News And Notes

1. Miles Davis’ ‘Birth of the Cool’ heats up again

“It remains one of the most revered albums in jazz history, a recording that has seduced generations with its warmly glowing tone and coyly alluring melodies. So you’d think musicians might be wary of performing Miles Davis’ “Birth of the Cool” in concert. Why mess with a classic, right?” [Chicago Tribune]

2. Stuff I like: Miles Davis

“What attracts me to Davis is that sense of growth, that incessant reaching for something more, something fresh.” [not just movies]

3. Everything In Its Right Place: The Exchange Between Radiohead And Jazz

“If Miles Davis is one of the band’s prime influences, they in turn receive acknowledgement from some of the most respected jazz musicians in today’s scene with a surprising number of covers. It is probably safe to say that recently Radiohead has become the rock band that garners the most attention from the jazz community.” [DIY]

4. The work of Irving Penn

“The portrait that I’ve chosen to talk about is a photograph of another hero of mine, the jazz musician Miles Davis. It’s one of Penn’s later close-cropped portraits of Miles taken with his eyes closed and his hands on his face. You can see Miles thinking and maybe humming or whistling a tune – it’s a great portrait. The light falls perfectly on his hands and face and I like the crop too, losing the top part of the subject’s head and fading into black at the bottom, focusing all the attention onto Miles’ face.”

The shot of Miles Davis epitomizes Penn’s skill as a photographer to find that “more profound” side of his subject. Penn shot Miles Davis several times and another favourite image of Miles’ is a shot just of his hand taken against a neutral background. It shows his hand open with one finger down, as if playing a note on his trumpet. It’s unmistakably Miles and a very clever piece of work indeed I hope you find the time to look at that, and more of Irving Penn’s work.[wex blog]

5. Miles Davis: Jazz-Festival Newport in Paris, France (1969) [youtube]

6. Restraint: What Cooks Can Learn From Miles Davis

“What Miles knew inherently as a jazz musician, as cooks often learn though experience and time, was restraint, or, simply put, “less is more.” [the atlantic]


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