September 28: Today's date is the 19th anniversary of the death of Miles Davis. Miles' influence and impact, however, are still alive and as powerful as ever: Sony Music is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of "Bitches Brew" with a lavish box set tribute. Today's featured album is an earlier landmark: 1967's "Nefertiti," which was recorded with Miles' legendary "second quintet," and was the artist's final fully acoustic album.
Don Cheadle was recently interviewed by Vibe magazine about his plans to play Miles Davis in a new film. In the interview, Cheadle said, "Biopics are concerned with cradle to the grave depictions of a subject and character. This movie is much more expressive. And in my opinion, we're hopefully making a movie that Miles would want to be in as opposed to it just 'being about Miles.'"
This Week's podcast features Miles' youngest son, Erin Davis, sharing his memories of the musician's artistry, and personal stories of life with his father.
This photo from the Frank Driggs Collection is found on pages 84-85 of the book accompanying the fourth Box Set, Miles Davis Quintet 1965-1968, another of the Metal Spine boxes contained in THE GENIUS OF MILES DAVIS, the most comprehensive and lavishly packaged collection ever dedicated to a single musical artist.
The Collector's Edition of Bitches Brew, including 2CDs with original 94-plus minutes of music and six bonus tracks, a 3rd CD of a previously unissued performance at Tanglewood, DVD of previously unissued performance at Copenhagen, 180-gram vinyl double LP, 48 page color 12x12 book, and memorabilia and fold out poster, all packaged in a 12x12 slipcase box, is out today in the U.S. (International Street Date TBD) and receiving great press.
The GRAMMY Museum recently paid tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Miles Davis’ jazz-funk-rock masterpiece Bitches Brew, which was just released in both deluxe and collector’s box set editions.
Ranked as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Bitches Brew is widely regarded as his seminal fusion masterpiece which changed the course of music. Recorded at the end of a tumultuous decade (August 1969), Bitches Brew reflected the chaos and beauty of a society stretched (and stressed) to its breaking point.
Last night, Thursday, September 9, Dogfish Head Brewery Owner Sam Calagione, hosted a dinner / celebration at the restaurant, Eleven Madison Park in New York City, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Miles Davis Bitches Brew. Not only the classic album, but the Dogfish Head Bitches Brew.
One of the bonus items included in The Genius Of Miles Davis is a custom-designed T-shirt manufactured exclusively for this collection by Trunk Ltd. Pictured against a rich black background is Miles Davis in all his glory--sporting his trademark shades and playing his one-of-a-kind Martin trumpet.