“Do not fear mistakes, there are none.”
– Miles Davis
Miles Davis (1926 – 1991) was one of the greatest in music, period!
Below is the story about Miles Davis and some nice videos. Hope that you like them as much as I do.
Miles Davis – “The Miles Davis Story” / Full movie
The Miles Davis Story explores the music & the man behind the public image from Miles middle class upbringing in racially segregated East St. Louis to the last years when he traveled the world like a rock star.
Trumpeter-bandleader Miles Davis (1926-91) was a catalyst for the major innovations in post-bop, cool jazz, hard-bop, and jazz-fusion, and his wispy and emotional trumpet tones were some of the most evocative sounds ever heard. He was also one of the most identifiable and misunderstood pop icons of the 20th century. This engrossing British documentary shows the complex layers of this magnificent and mercurial artist. Through rare footage and interviews, we learn of Davis’s middle-class upbringing and his early days with bop legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The documentary bluntly deals with Davis’s narcotic nadir and his rise from the depths to become a bona fide jazz icon in the mid-’50s to late ’60s. But the most penetrating and poignant portraits of Davis come from musicians who played with and were influenced by him, including Shirley Horn, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Keith Jarrett.
Outstanding musical selections include modal masterpieces “So What” and “Blue in Green,” the haunting soundtrack to the 1957 French film Ascenseur pour l’Ã©chafaud, his romantic rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” and his collaborations with arranger Gil Evans. The most surprising aspects of Davis’s personality that emerge from this film are his shyness, vulnerability, and, yes, humility. As he said himself, “Don’t call me a legend. Call me Miles Davis.” – Eugene Holley Jr.
Miles Davis & Gil Evans (1959)
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary
Miles Davis Quintet – live in Stockholm (October 31, 1967)
Musicians are; Miles Davis (tr), Wayne Shorter (ts), Ron Carter (b), Herbie Hancock (p), Tony Williams (dr)
The Miles Davis Quintet – Walkin” (November 7, 1967)
Miles Davis – “Time After Time” (live in Tokyo 1985)
Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn – “We Three Kings Of Orient Are” live at David Letterman (1987)
Miles Davis – “TUTU” with Marcus Miller, Kenny Garret (live from Night Music 1989?)
Below is a fantastic document in three parts of Miles Davis last performance at Montreaux Jazz Festival July 8, 1991, made possible by Mr. Quincy Jones. This is a very rare and warm final document. Miles Davis died shortly after this concert (September 28, 1991).
Miles Davis & Quincy Jones – Montreaux Jazz Festival, 1 (3)
Miles Davis & Quincy Jones – Montreaux Jazz Festival, 2 (3)
Miles Davis & Quincy Jones – Montreaux Jazz Festival, 3 (3)
Miles Davis – “Penetration” last concert in Europe (Paris) July 10, 1991