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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - A Film By Stanley Nelson (2 DVD)

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Miles Davis Birth of the Cool: A Film by Stanley Nelson Eagle Entertainment 2020 The two-DVD package of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool -A Film by Stanley Nelson reminds potential viewers to interpret the title broadly rather than literally. To be sure, the award-winning filmmaker and historian delves deeply into the conception and execution of that landmark music in his near two-hour piece of cinema. But his scholarly investigation is ultimately ...

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Miles Davis and the Second Great Quintet (1963 - 1968)

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Miles Davis, through his adoption of modal music, participated in the gradual liberation that resulted in the free music of the jazz avant-garde--liberation from chord changes, from rhythm, from harmony, from melody, from structure. Yet, although he continued to explore broadly, he was public in his discomfort with free jazz. Despite this reluctance, the new quintet that he began to build in 1963 (with George Coleman then Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, resulted in the freest ...

JOURNEY INTO JAZZ

Record Store Day 2020

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Twice a year, I find myself in a long line before sunrise waiting for my local record store to open. It might be rainy or cold, but I'm always there along with a large group of other people waiting patiently. Why do we do it? Simply because it's Record Store Day, and for many record collectors, this is an event you don't want to miss. While many already know about RSD, there are plenty of music lovers who ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Miles Davis: Music From And Inspired By Birth Of The Cool, A Film by Stanley Nelson

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The most devout fans of the late Miles Davis will likely hear the selections on this album as touchstones of their collections of the jazz icon's work. More casual fans and dilettantes can listen and learn to the same cuts as guideposts to assemble their own. Neither approach undermines the value of the title as a worthwhile companion piece to Stanley Nelson's film. It's been said a formidable jazz library might be built from works by musicians with ...

INTERVIEW

Stanley Nelson: How Do You Make A Film Do Justice To Miles Davis And His Music?

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Miles Davis is far more than a legendary jazz great. He was and is a cultural and musical icon whose life was largely compelled by five driving forces: 1) his groundbreaking innovations in cool jazz, modal music, fusion, and beyond; 2) his “cool" persona, which has influenced and inspired several generations; 3) his tempestuous love life; 4) his struggles with and opposition to racism; and 5) his drug and alcohol addiction. To make a film documentary about him which encompasses ...

RADIO

Miles Davis & the First Great Quintet (Sextet) (1956 - 1959)

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(If this program is unavailable in your country from Mixcloud, please scroll down and listen via Soundcloud.) Miles Davis was more than a trumpet player, composer and taste-maker—he led some of the greatest bands in the history of jazz. In this hour, we will feature his first great quintet of John Coltrane on tenor, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Miles Davis Quintet. “How ...

FILM REVIEW

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Firelight Films Director: Stanley Nelson Run Time: 115 minutes 2019 In addition to his place as a legendary jazz musician, Miles Davis has long been a cultural hero for the African American community and for so many others of varied backgrounds and ethnicity around the world. We all continue to marvel at his creativity, personal independence, and passionate willingness to go to the wall ...


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