Bill Evans on Kind Of Blue

May 17, 2019

A fantastic interview with Bill Evans in which he discusses the making of Kind Of Blue, Miles Davis’s musicianship and musical influences.

Also, Evans provides an inside look at the inner workings of the band that created one of the most influential and greatest jazz albums of all time.

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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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Pitchfork’s 60 Favorite Music Books

July 12, 2011

A completely arbitrary list as these sort of lists tend to be but it is always fun to look over as well.

There are some excellent picks.

For me, the Miles Davis autobiography and Bob Dylan’s Chronicles are at the top. The Marvin Gaye bio, When Reggae Was King, Jazz After 1958 and the Alternative History of American Popular Music are all books that I’ve read and highly recommend.

There is lots of insight on these brilliant artists and the rich history of these musical genres that is fascinating and a great joy to read.

I didn’t really care for most of the other books on the list but you may very well discover and like some of the other music books.

Reading about great music is the next best thing to listening to it.

Words and Music: Our 60 Favorite Music Books

There’s something especially daunting about preparing a feature on music books. There’s so much ground to cover in terms of time (a century-plus of popular experimental music), space (there’s writing on music from all over the world), sound (any genre is conceivably fair game), and format (biography, record guide, critical study, anthology, memoir).

So the idea of saying that any 25 or 50 or 100 music books are the “best” seems ridiculous. So this is not that sort of list. Instead, it’s a list of 60 music-related books that explore the depth and breadth of our collective obsessions. There’s no shortage of writing about music– or ways to write about it– and this is not a definitive be-all-end-all list as much as a starting point.

All of these works lead to other worthy titles, undiscovered albums, and new ways of thinking about the sounds flowing into our headphones on a daily basis.

There are chronicles of remarkable individual talents like Miles Davis, Neil Young, and Marvin Gaye, as well as histories of scenes and phenomena– the American 1980s indie rock underground, 90s rave culture– that had musicians and fans banding together toward a common goal or sound.

There are also more offbeat and untold stories, like Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle’s Black Sabbath-themed anti-coming-of-age novella Master of Reality or Dave Tompkins’ virtuosic recent history of the vocoder, How to Wreck a Nice Beach. And contextualizing criticism from originators Greil Marcus, Lester Bangs, Richard Meltzer, and Ellen Willis. (The great Robert Christgau is not included on this list because we feel his invaluable, 40-plus-year archive of album reviews and essays are best experienced through his highly searchable website.)

Read on and then go to your local bookstore or library and read some more.

Click here to view 60 Favorite Music Books


New Miles Davis DVD

July 11, 2011

Any new DVD release of Miles’ music is always exciting and noteworthy.

Of all the songs on this DVD, I really look forward to hearing the Sketches Of Spain songs.

I’ve never heard any of the songs from that album performed in concert.

The Santana interview should be great, he is a huge fan and always has interesting things to say about Miles.

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Miles Davis – Montreux Highlights

Miles Davis is one of the most successful artists in the history of jazz and has a fanatical following. A lot of the footage on this release is previously unseen and none has ever been commercially released before.

Miles Davis is universally regarded as one of the most influential and innovative jazz musicians and composers of the 20th Century. He was at the forefront of the jazz world for decades and was involved in the evolution of bebop, cool jazz, modal jazz and jazz fusion amongst others.

Miles Davis played many times at the Montreux Jazz Festival, especially after his return to performance in the early eighties. This DVD brings together some of the highlights of those Montreux shows stretching back to his first appearance in 1973 and up to his final concert there in July 1991, just a couple of months before his death in September of that year.

TRACKLISTING

1) Ife (1973) 2) Speak; That’s What Happened (1984) 3) Code M D (1985) 4) Pacific Express (1985) 5) Jean-Pierre (1986) 6) Heavy Metal Prelude (1986) 7) Jo Jo (1989) 8. Hannibal (1990) 9) Sketches Of Spain – The Pan Piper (1991) 10) Sketches Of Spain – Solea (1991)

The bonus feature section of this release offers an insightful and personal interview with Carlos Santana talking about his memories of and relationship with Miles Davis and how he was influenced by him.

This is a must for all real Jazz lovers.