Columbia/Legacy will commemorate the 90th birthday of Miles Davis with the release of two Miles Davis’ album projects.
“Miles Ahead,” the original soundtrack of the movie of the same name, marks the directorial debut of actor Don Cheadle. Cheadle stars in the movie as Miles Davis and he co-wrote the screenplay with Steve Baigelman. “Miles Ahead” will be available for purchase April 1. (see today’s video).
In addition, Columbia/Legacy will release “Everything’s Beautiful,” reimagined interpretations of Miles Davis’s music, featuring a number of guest artists, including Erykah Badu, Phonte, Stevie Wonder and others.
Miles Dewey Davis III was born May 26, 1926, in Alton, Ill., but he grew up in East St. Louis, Ill. His father was a dentist. He started playing the trumpet at 13. After graduating from high school, he moved to New York 1944 to study at the Juilliard School of Music. He left Juilliard to become a full-time player on New York’s jazz circuit.
He was in the vanguard of virtually every phase of the evolution of post-World War II American jazz. In 2008, Davis’s 1959 masterpiece, “Kind of Blue,” was certified as a four time platinum album. In December 2000, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution on “Kind of Blue’s” 50th anniversary, honoring it as a masterpiece and reaffirming jazz as a national treasure.”
Miles Ahead was recently screened during SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Davis died September 28, 1991.