Miles Davis | Around The Web

A Weekly Round-Up Of Miles Davis News & Notes

1. The New York Times Reviews “Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1,”

Miles Davis, Live at the Apogee: No jazz musician has been more diligently organized or effectively monetized in the afterlife than Miles Davis, who died in 1991 on the cusp of the compact-disc reissue boom. The current glut of repackaged music under his name might prompt any reasonable person to conclude that the vault has been plundered bare. Yet here comes “Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1,” adapted from state-owned broadcast sources, on three CDs and a DVD. Due out on Columbia/Legacy on Sept. 20, it captures Davis’s finest working band at its apogee, straining at the limits of post-bop refinement. [nytimes.com]

2. Some Music Thinking on Branding and Miles Davis

It is legitimate to call Miles Davis a strong brand that managed to develop, innovate and co-create new musical styles and genres over several decades starting from the 40s to the 90s. When you listen to albums like Birth of the Cool, Kind of Blue, Bitches Brew or Tutu we encounter many different sounds, styles, genres and musicians but in all of the songs we hear and feel the ‘musical essence’ based on directions from the charismatic personality of Miles Davis. [creative companion]

3. “Miles Davis Was A Jazzman” by Craig S. O’Connell

Miles Davis was a jazzman
A razzamatazz man
Leader of the band
With a trumpet in his hand
Miles Davis
Miles Davis.

Miles Davis was
A looming lyrical man
Soft and sassy,
Bold and brassy,
A bebop hipster
Sharp as a tack
So clean,
So cool.

[Click here to read the complete poem.]

4. Bitches Brew – Miles Davis’ Ultimate Statement of Defiance

“Listening to the opening strands of chaos from album opener Pharaoh’s Dance, it’s clear that this is a revolution. 40 years later and the album’s carefully sculpted noise is still ahead of its’ time.” [afro-punk]

5. First Listen: Miles Davis, ‘Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1’

“This is a live recording of the Miles Davis Quintet in 1967.

If you’re a seasoned jazz fan, you immediately understand: “Wait, isn’t that the band with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter? Ron Carter and Tony Williams? The one behind E.S.P., and Miles Smiles, and Nefertiti? The one with all those twisted, fourth-dimension harmonies? The rhythmically athletic swing? Those incredible tunes? And … whoa, wait, you mean they’re live, too?”

Let’s say you’ve heard some things by Miles Davis you can get behind, but you’re no aficionado. So when you hear some of these recordings, you might think, “This sounds kind of like that weird, aggressive stuff those kids were playing at the jam session the other Sunday. Except, you know, much better. What is this?” [npr.org]

6. Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959 ‘Immersive Production’ to Tour

“CAMI Music has joined forces with Miles Davis Properties, LLC and Blue Note Records to present The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959. Described as “a new immersive musical and historical production,” The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959 will recapture this critical period of American history through a historical and cultural context.” [jazztimes.com]

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