On November 21, 2008 the Morrison Hotel Gallery and Sony Music Entertainment’s ICON Collectibles will present “THE GENIUS OF MILES DAVIS…The Columbia Years,” a photographic exhibition celebrating one of the 20th century’s most profoundly influential musicians at the gallery’s Bowery location. The exhibit will feature rare and never before seen limited edition fine art prints of Davis taken by Sony staff photographer Don Hunstein, Herman Leonard, Jim Marshall and Lee Wiener between 1955 and 1985. Sixteen 30 x 40 prints will be on display and available for sale at the gallery. Each print has been hand selected from Sony’s vast music photography archive, and represents a unique piece of musical history.
Miles Davis was at the forefront of virtually every major development in jazz from World War II through the 1990s. Following the March 1957 release of ‘Round About Midnight,’ his debut recording for Columbia Records, Davis went on to create an unbroken string of groundbreaking albums for the label, his musical home for more than 20 years. Among his monumental accomplishments during a phenomenally productive period on Columbia Records, Miles pioneered a post-bebop modal jazz with his 1959 masterpiece, ‘Kind of Blue’, still one of the most commercially and artistically successful jazz albums of all time and launched an ongoing musical revolution with a radical fusion of jazz, rock, funk, electronic and ambient elements on albums including ‘In A Silent Way’ (1969), ‘Bitches Brew’ (1970), and ‘On The Corner’ (1972).
The exhibit will run November 21 through December 31 at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, located at 313 Bowery in New York City. If you are unable to attend the showing, and are still interested in the Exclusive Fine Art Prints they are showing, you can purchase online at the Morrison Hotel Web Site.