By Devon Wendell
There have been many Miles Davis tribute bands over the years that have primarily focused on capturing Davis’ exact sound rather that the creative spirit and energy of the late musical pioneer. This was not the case with the Mile Davis Bitches Brew Remix performance Saturday night at the Sunset Junction Festival.
An individually numbered, exact replica of Miles Davis' trumpet case houses THE GENIUS OF MILES DAVIS Collection. Cases are numbered, and limited to 1955, the year that Miles signed to Columbia Records.
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THE REVIVALIST EXPLORES THE INTERSECTION OF HIP HOP & JAZZ WITH BITCHES BREW PROFILE, CELEBRATING 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF MILES DAVIS'S JAZZ-ROCK-FUNK FUSION MASTERPIECE, FEATURING VINCE WILBURN, JR. (NEPHEW OF MILES DAVIS) AND DJ LOGIC
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By 1967, when this intimate portrait of Miles Davis was captured by Columbia Records VP of Creative Services Bob Cato, the trumpeter was in another golden era, working with his "second great quintet," a lineup which included Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Herbie Hancock (keyboards), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums). Cato had worked as the photographer on E.S.P., the quintet's first studio album for Columbia Records, in 1965.
In this special triptych sequence, Miles Davis takes five and grabs a smoke at the mythic 30th Street Studio between takes for "Kind Of Blue." Don Hunstein's photograph catches Miles first in mid-inhale, then, the next two photographs capture the musical jazz master working out one of the legendary songs from this historic session, the musical zen master ringed by white light suspended in a temple of sound.
From May 6 - May 27, 1957, Miles Davis booked a series of sessions at Columbia's 30th Street Studio to work on "Miles Ahead," the first of his collaborations with arranger/composer Gil Evans, who wove together the album's ten individual pieces into a continuous jazz suite. "Miles Ahead" marked a turning point in American jazz. Don Hunstein's shot of Miles captures both the intensity and flow of the music. For more information, check out http://bit.ly/milesweeklypic11