Columbia Records will commemorate the 90th birthday of globally renowned music innovator Miles Davis with the release of two very special new Miles Davis album projects:
MILES AHEAD - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available Friday, April 1. A cinematic exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis, the movie feature "MILES AHEAD" marks the directorial debut of Don Cheadle, who co-wrote the screenplay (with Steven Baigelman) and stars as the legendary musician in the film.
EVERYTHING'S BEAUTIFUL, reimagined interpretations of Miles Davis' music produced by Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper (who also served as coproducer of the MILES AHEAD soundtrack) with musical guest artists including Bilal, Illa J, Erykah Badu, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Mvula, KING, Georgia Ann Muldrow, John Scofield and Ledisi, and Stevie Wonder. A visionary exploration of the music of Miles Davis, EVERYTHING'S BEAUTIFUL incorporates Davis' original recordings into new collaborative soundscapes and will be available Friday, May 27 (the day after Miles' 90th birthday). The Miles Davis track featuring Bilal "Ghetto Walkin", from the upcoming release
MILES AHEAD - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack explores the breadth and depth of Miles Davis' musical innovations, combining 11 highlights from the legendary trumpeter/composer/bandleader's Prestige and Columbia Records catalogs with original new compositions written and performed by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper. Select new tracks on the soundtrack album include guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, rapper Pharoahe Monch and more. Both the CD and LP packages for MILES AHEAD - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack feature revelatory new liner notes penned by Don Cheadle.
"We culled the library for every style Miles touched…looking for cues to bridge key moments, bring others into focus. The stuff a good score is supposed to do. Miles made it easier. His music is multi-faceted and score friendly," wrote Cheadle in his notes.
For new and future fans, MILES AHEAD - Original Motion Soundtrack provides an ideal introduction to the music of Miles Davis. For seasoned aficionados of the influential 20th century musical pioneer, the album and film provide fresh perspectives and new insights into Miles' transformative musical and cultural genius.
MILES AHEAD - Original Motion Soundtrack features 11 essential tracks spanning 1956 to 1981, select dialogue from the film featuring Cheadle in character, and five original compositions written, co-written, produced or performed exclusively for MILES AHEAD by Robert Glasper. These include "What's Wrong with That?" (a jam that closes the movie imagining Cheadle as Miles playing in the present day with guest performers Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gary Clark, Jr. and Esperanza Spalding and Antonio Sanchez) and "Gone 2015," an end-credits song featuring guest verses from rapper Pharoahe Monch.
The 2016 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX will premiere the long-awaited, critically acclaimed feature film "MILES AHEAD" on Wednesday, March 16th at 8:00pm at The Paramount Theatre.
A special "MILES AHEAD" panel led by Don Cheadle, with NPR's Felix Contreras onboard as Moderator, will discuss the making of the film, along with the music, with intimate behind-the-scenes anecdotes provided by Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles). Additional panelists include Robert Glasper, who scored the film's soundtrack; Oscar-winning supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer and sound designer Skip Lievsay; and Keyon Harrold, a sought out trumpeter/producer/arranger/songwriter who performs with GRAMMY-winning group D'Angelo and The Vanguard, and is featured as the trumpet sound of Don Cheadle playing Miles Davis. The panel will take place on Thursday, March 17 at 12:30pm in ACC Room 18ABC, and will be open to Music, Film, Platinum and Gold badges, as well as Showcasing Artist wristbands.
MILES AHEAD Film Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssfTNCTVT5U
EVERYTHING'S BEAUTIFUL is beautifully crafted collection produced by Robert Glasper, blending a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across the incomparable Miles Davis Columbia catalog with an impressive lineup of contemporary artists and musicians to create original interpretations.
"I didn't want to do just a remix record," Glasper noted when discussing the 11-song set. "My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art." Realizing that "Miles didn't have one audience," Glasper recruited a legion of diverse guest artists to add to the magic of the project including familiar collaborators like R&B musicians Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal and KING. They are joined by British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula; hip-hop producer Rashad Smith; Grammy-nominated Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, rapper/singer Phonte, rapper/producer Illa J; jazz guitarist John Scofield, who was in Miles Davis' band; and the legendary Stevie Wonder.
"I am living in the spirit of Miles when I am doing what I'm doing because I am documenting my time period. I'm documenting what's around me. I'm documenting who I am now, where music is now," notes Glasper. "That's what this project is about. I wanted to do something where we can take some of Miles' ideas, shake them up, and try to show the influence of Miles and make new things. And that's the beauty of this whole album. The whole project is based on Miles, but it is based on Miles' vision, it's based on Miles' trumpet, it's based on Miles' voice, it's based on Miles' composition, it's based on Miles' influence, it's based on Miles' swag."
Miles Davis is a rarity: a pioneering superstar who was constantly voyaging into new directions and genres with an ever changing cast of collaborators. Throughout his discography, sweeping change and innovation could happen based on who was in the studio and what they brought to his stunning musical vision. Few American artists have impacted popular music and culture in as broad and long-lasting a way as he did.
By similar design, pianist/producer Robert Glasper has built a career out of a vibrant fusion of R&B, jazz and hip-hop. As the leader of the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electronic Robert Glasper Experiment, he's pushed the boundaries of each genre he works in to their breaking point. This is the artist whose album, In My Element (2007), featured mashups of Herbie Hancock and Radiohead and tributes to rapper/producer J Dilla. 2013's acclaimed Black Radio featured collaborations with Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Lupe Fiasco, Yasiin Bey and other artists. Black Radio was also capped by a sprawling cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Most recently, Glasper scored for MILES AHEAD, the Miles Davis film directed by and starring Don Cheadle.
EVERYTHING'S BEAUTIFUL is unlike any other in Davis' discography. From the familiar (riffs and passages within the catalog) to the obscure (samples of Miles' in-studio instructions spoken after false starts), Glasper has built something unique but still unquestionably Miles. The cover art was created by Francine Turk and integrates elements of Miles Davis' artwork. With the cover, Turk creates a visual that is similar to the idea of Robert Glasper taking fragments of Miles music and reinterpreting in a unique and modern way.
Born Miles Dewey Davis III on May 26, 1926 in Alton, Illinois, Miles grew up in East St. Louis, first learning trumpet at age 13. Graduating high school, he moved to New York in 1944 to study at the Juilliard School of Music, developing chops in technique and music theory before leaving Juilliard to become a full-time player on the New York jazz circuit, cutting his first records in 1945. One of the most revolutionary and influential musicians and recording artists of the 20th century, Miles Davis was in the vanguard of virtually every phase of the evolution of post-WWII American jazz, from be-bop to cool jazz to hard-bop to modal to the radical rock-funk-fusion which got him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Miles Davis died on September 28, 1991, leaving the world an extensive catalog of unprecedented music that's forever timeless and groundbreaking. Trumpeter, bandleader and composer Miles Davis fronted some of the most formidable and adroit ensembles in musical history. Miles was the rarest of artists: an uncompromising avant-garde visionary, and transformative cultural icon (with a larger-than-life persona), who achieved both critical and commercial success. In 2008, Davis's 1959 masterpiece, Kind of Blue, was certified 4x platinum, solidifying its position as the top-selling jazz album of all-time. In December 2009, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution on Kind of Blue's 50th anniversary "honoring the masterpiece and reaffirming jazz as a national treasure."
Since 1960, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) has honored Miles Davis with eight Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and three Grammy Hall of Fame Awards.
Over the past twenty years, Miles and his music have been commemorated on a variety of critically-acclaimed box sets released through Columbia/Legacy, many of them winning Grammy Awards, charting in the Top 4 of the Billboard Jazz Album charts, and earning Jazz Reissue of the Year and other accolades in Down Beat magazine's Critics and Readers polls, among other accolades.
In September 2011, Columbia/Legacy launched the Miles Davis Bootleg Series with the release of Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1. Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 won JazzTimes' Readers Poll for 2015 Best Historical/Vault/Reissue, the fourth time that a box set in the critically-acclaimed, best-selling Bootleg Series topped the JazzTimes Readers Poll in this category. The set won the 2016 NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Jazz Album category.
Each of the first three releases in the Bootleg Series--Miles Davis Quintet – Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1, Miles Davis Quintet – Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2, and Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3--took home Best Historical/Vault/Reissue from JazzTimes readers.
Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975 was honored as the Reissues/Archive Album of the Year by the 2015 Jazzwise Albums of the Year Critics Poll. In previous years, the Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 have won in this category.
MILES AHEAD - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
2.Dialogue: "It takes a long time…" (*)
4.Taylor Made - Taylor Eigisti
5.Dialogue: "Listen, you talk too goddam much…" (*)
7.Seven Steps To Heaven (edit)
8.Dialogue: "If you gonna tell a story…"(*)
11.Dialogue: "Sometimes you have these thoughts…"(*)
12.Duran (take 6) (edit)
13.Dialogue: "You own my music…"(*)
14.Go Ahead John (part two C)
15.Black Satin (edit)
16.Dialogue: "Be musical about this shit…"(*)
18.Dialogue: "Y'all listening to them…?(*)
19.Junior's Jam – Robert Glasper, Keyon Harrold, Marcus Strickland
20.Francessence – Robert Glasper, Keyon Harrold, Elena Pinderhughes
21.Back Seat Betty (excerpt)
22.Dialogue: "I don't like the word jazz…" (*)
23.What's Wrong With That? - Don Cheadle, Robert Glasper, Gary Clark, Jr., Herbie Hancock, Keyon Harrold, Antonio Sanchez, Esperanza Spaulding, Wayne Shorter
24.Gone 2015 – Robert Glasper, Keyon Harrold, Pharoahe Monch
(*) from the soundtrack of the film, Don Cheadle as Miles Davis
All other tracks performed by Miles Davis, except where noted
Soundtrack album produced by
Don Cheadle, Steve Berkowitz, Ed Gerrard & Robert Glasper
Soundtrack Executive Producers:
Don Cheadle, Erin Davis, Darryl Porter &, Vince Wilburn
2."Ghetto Walkin" featuring Bilal
3."They Can't Hold Me Down" featuring Illa J
4."Maiysha (So Long)" featuring Erykah Badu
5."Violets" featuring Phonte
6."Little Church" featuring Hiatus Kaiyote
7."Silence Is The Way" featuring Laura Mvula
8."Song For Selim" featuring KING
9."Milestones" featuring Georgia Ann Muldrow
10."I'm Leaving You" featuring John Scofield and Ledisi
11."Right On Brotha" featuring Stevie Wonder