This past weekend, legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck was awarded the Miles Davis award, handed out anually at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Brubeck was the second second recipient of the award this year with Saxophonist Sonny Rollins receiving the honor ;ast week.
Brubeck is credited with moving jazz west to California in the 1940s with his distinctive style. His 1959 album, "Time Out" is considered a jazz classic.
Miles captured deep in thought in June 1969 during the launching of his "electric" period with the groundbreaking "In A Silent Way", considered by many to be the opening salvo in the jazz-fusion revolution. More information available at http://bit.ly/milesweeklypic7
Make sure to tune into the Discovery Channel early next year to catch the premiere of "Brewed", hosted by Sam Calagione, owner of Dogfish Head Brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and featuring Miles Davis' Bitches Brew beer! One episode will be entirely dedicated to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, a commemorative beer created to celebrate the 40th Anniversary release of Miles Davis' famous recording. Although the show won't be airing until early next year, don't worry because the beer and the 40th Anniversary release of Bitches Brew will both be available on August 31st!
Take a look at Miles playing "Agitation" from the November 1969 Copenhagen show. The full show can be seen on the DVD contained in the 40th Anniversary Editions of Bitches Brew, which hits stores on August 31st. Pre-Order either of these versions today and have it at your home on release date!
A rare intimate portrait of Miles at the piano during his "Kind of Blue" sessions that would produce one of the most atmospheric and influential albums of all-time. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/milesweeklypic6
Miles Davis awash in clear delight during the recording of his history-making "Kind of Blue" album in April 1959. The album would later go on to become the best-selling jazz album of all-time with over 4 million copies sold. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/milesweeklypic5
When Marcus Miller tapped young trumpet sensation Christian Scott to re-interpret Miles Davis for a new spin on the classic "Tutu" album, both men seemed undaunted by the task at hand.
"Christian’s had hit records, he’s a forward looking guy and he knows his history," said Miller, in praise of the 27-year-old Scott.
Meanwhile, New Orleans native Scott, heralded as the architect of a new genre of neo-jazz fusion, took it all in his stride.
Miles performing during his 1973 spring tour which would generate the "Dark Magus" and "In Concert" albums. "Dark Magus" would later be named one of the 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time according to Q Magazine. More information available at http://bit.ly/milesweeklypic4