Miles Davis honored with renamed New York street

May 30, 2014

Legendary musician Miles Davis’ name will now forever be tied to the Manhattan street he called home. NY1’s Jon Weinstein filed the following report.

The familiar sounds of Miles Davis’ famous trumpet filled 77th Street on what would have been his 88th birthday.

Hundreds turned out to rename this block after the musician.

And just how excited was everyone?

After a string snafu during the street sign unveiling, one enterprising and athletic fan climbed the lamp post to make sure this stretch between Riverside and West End officially became Miles Davis Way.

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Miles Davis: The Art Of Cool

May 28, 2013

What can be better than this?

Checking out Miles’ artwork while hanging out in Napa Valley.

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Miles Davis: The Art of Cool
New Exhibition of Miles Davis’ Artwork

PREVIEW OF MILES DAVIS: THE ART OF COOL by David Kerns

“The color. I get the color first,” Miles Davis told noted jazz critic Mike Zwerin. “Then all the rest I improvise. Lines and circles. Maybe I’ll want to wiggle the lines, maybe I’ll draw a breast and an eye. I work from the subconscious, like music. It has to do something to me. I couldn’t write a piece of music that doesn’t make me tap my foot or make me feel something inside. Once the form is there, it’s like an arrangement with openings for solos. It’s a matter of balance. You can’t have too much black, like you can’t have too much saxophone.”

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15 Jazz Albums To Look Out For In 2013

January 14, 2013

15 Jazz Albums To Look Out For In 2013

A new Wayne Shorter album is exciting news and always a major event.

I’m looking forward to the new volume in the Miles “bootleg series”. Also intrigued by the Matthew Shipp greatest hits release.


Streaming Free – Miles Davis, ‘Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1’

September 18, 2011

Right now, NPR is streaming on its website the first release in the Miles Davis Bootleg Series; Live In Europe 1967.

I don’t know how long the concert will be available for free but I’ll be listening to it today.

Here’s more info from the NPR website:

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?”

Back up. Miles Davis: You know that name. The five-man band he led from late 1964 to early ’68 — the so-called “second great quintet” — was one of the best he ever had. Apart from Davis, they were all twenty- and early-thirtysomething virtuosos. They all brought hyper-modern ideas to the table, in both writing and playing. (It was the ’60s, after all; lots of musicians were experimenting.) And, crucially, they were super-tight and super-loose at once. That is, they had developed excellent communication from playing together for more than three years — enough that they could each turn on a dime and pursue far-out tangents, and everyone else could follow.

This music is the first disc of a 3-CD + DVD set called Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1, out Sept. 20. It was all recorded during a fall 1967 tour by various European state-owned broadcasters — and, yes, DVD means there’s some video, too. Some of it was previously released illegitimately, hence the title, but this is an authorized box set. What’s heard here is a complete concert at Queen Elizabeth’s Hall in Antwerp, Belgium on Oct. 28, 1967. There’s newer repertoire (Hancock’s “Riot,” Shorter’s “Masqualero”) and older classics (“‘Round Midnight,” “No Blues,” “On Green Dolphin Street”) alike, all rendered in one long, uninterrupted performance. When it’s time to move on to the next tune, Davis bursts forth with its melody, and a new adventure begins.

How do they know how to move together so well? Why do they sort of sound like 2011 in 1967? Why does this feel so intense? All are good questions, and all are reasons why so many fans and musicians keep mining this particular stretch of Miles Davis’ career for answers.

Click here to listen to Miles Davis, ‘Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1’


What Did Keith Jarrett Say to Miles Davis?

August 1, 2011

New Miles Davis Bootleg Series Released

July 25, 2011



Columbia has had alot of success with their Bob Dylan Bootleg Series. It’s been a big hit with fans and critics.

They’ve now chosen Miles Davis to market a Bootleg Series around.

No complaints from me.

It’ll be interesting to see what music they will choose going forward.

The first release in the series looks terrific.

Several European shows from Miles great 60’s quintet.

MILES DAVIS QUINTET – Live In Europe 1967 – The Bootleg Series Vol.1 (3CD / 1DVD)

Pre-order ‘MILES DAVIS QUINTET – Live In Europe 1967 – The Bootleg Series Vol.1’ featuring Miles Davis’ “Second Great Quintet” featuring WAYNE SHORTER, HERBIE HANCOCK, RON CARTER and TONY WILLIAMS — arguably the single greatest small group ensemble in jazz history.

The recordings from their 1967 European tour are some of the only existing documentation of the band performing compositions from the extraordinary series of studio albums they made between 1965-1967 — E.S.P., Miles Smiles, Sorcerer and Nefertiti.

Now fans can hear live versions of “Agitation” (from E.S.P.), “Footprints” and “Gingerbread Boy” ( from Miles Smiles), “Masquelero” (from Sorcerer ) and “Riot” (from Nefertiti); PLUS, Miles revisits some of the earlier classics he had been performing for years — “Round Midnight”, “On Green Dolphin Street”, I Fall In Love Too Easily” and “No Blues” — all in strikingly different interpretations from the original studio versions.

Seeing this band in action only further emphasizes their near supernatural rapport!

Click here to view the entire track list and track list notes


Miles Davis 1970 Concert Video Streaming for Free

July 20, 2011

A Major Alert for all Miles Davis fans!

Miles’ concert at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on August 1970 can be seen for free on the Wolfgang’s Vault website. There are several songs from the Bitches Brew album featured in this show.

Wolfgang’s Vault specializes in rock music but there is also jazz, blues and reggae to be found on the website.

There’s alot of great concert footage from a wide range of artists.

Miles’ band mates the night of this concert also played in the Bitches Brew sessions:

Chic Corea, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Jack De Johnette, Airto Moreira and Gary Bartz.

Enjoy!

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