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Music From & Inspired By Birth Of The Cool, A Fi
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Vinyl, Import, 17 January 2020
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DOUBLE 180 GRAM. GATEFOLD EDITION. The definitive audio companion to the critically-acclaimed new documentary directed and produced by Stanley Nelson, the soundtrack is an essential Miles Davis playlist for seasoned fans and new listeners alike, lovingly curated by the director and paired with short audio excerpts from the film for a unique listening experience. It brings together recordings and performances spanning labels and the artist's musical evolution-from "Donna Lee" (a 1947 Savoy master take with legendary alto saxophonist Charlie Parker) to "Moon Dreams" from the groundbreaking 1949 Capitol sessions that were ultimately collected on the album Birth Of The Cool, through the seminal 1950s pieces for Columbia that revolutionized the worlds of jazz and popular music (including "Generique," Miles' improvised soundtrack to Louis Malle's "Elevator to the Gallows" as well as tracks from Miles Ahead and, of course the most popular jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue). The album also highlights Miles's evolution in the 1960s with tracks from Sketches of Spain and Someday My Prince Will Come to his iconoclastic invention of electric jazz/fusion (exemplified in a 45rpm single edit of "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" from Bitches Brew). Finally it documents his triumphant mid 1980s comeback (1986 s "Tutu"), while premiering a brand-new track, "Hail To The Real Chief." The new track features unreleased Miles Davis studio trumpet performances combined with music written by Lenny White, produced by White and Vince Wilburn, Jr and featuring an all-star collection of Miles band alumni and acolytes including White, Wilburn, Marcus Miller, Emilio Modeste, Jeremy Pelt, Antoine Roney, John Scofield, Bernard Wright, and Quinton Zoto.
- Product dimensions : 31.7 x 31.19 x 0.89 cm; 494.13 Grams
- Manufacturer : SONY MUSIC CMG
- Manufacturer reference : 2020-03-06
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Run time : 1 hour and 20 minutes
- Label : SONY MUSIC CMG
- ASIN : B083QYDPYF
- Country of origin : Netherlands
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 49,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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which seems a fair comment, for much of his music at least. Any compilation of Miles Davis' music is going to do the same thing with his legendary catalogue, so it's really not a matter of whether this or that has been included (although I'm delighted that It Never Entered My Mind has been!).
The question is simply do you want this or do you need this? I like it because the sound levels and the excellent sound quality are uniform across the decades of the selections. Take a bow Mark Wilder. Yes, I have all of the tracks except the 45 rpm edit of Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (2:49) and the snag for completists, a "brand new recording featuring unreleased Miles Davis performances" called Hail To The Real Chief (3:40), which didn't strike me as anything exceptional but you may love the sound from the final phase of his career. But even then, how much of the trumpet is by Jeremy Pelt, listed in the credits along with a stellar line-up?
But there are fourteen cracking examples of Miles Davis there, to serve as a 'primer' or a reminder, and to enjoy in consistent quality, like that stone skipping across the years.
The snippets of commentary - from an as yet unseen film by Stanley Nelson - are all short and sweet, and on any digital approach can easily be edited out; they don't spill into the music. They have not yet become annoying, although the monotonous "introduction" of each person's name (by one Kerry Abner) I think should have been dropped. Let's just hear the comments if we must and we can find out who said it for ourselves.
Otherwise - a tasty selection with great sound quality! Buy a dozen and send them to any friends or family that don't yet understand what an amazing artist Miles Davis was.
Beim Abspielen zu Hause habe ich dann festgestellt, dass die technische Qualität völlig überzogen ist. Das im Film verwendete historische Foto- und Filmmaterial ist nunmal auf dem technischen Stand zwischen 1950 und 1985 und somit weit unterhalb der Möglichkeiten einer Bluray-Disk. Technisch besonders schwach ist das Video-Material der enthaltenen Mitschnitte der Konzerte in Montreux (auf der zweiten Disk).
Die billigere Normal-DVD des Films dürfte für die Projektion absolut ausreichend sein.
This documentary gives us a good overview of Davis' life and career, showing the basics of what he accomplished, musically. It doesn't hide his warts, either. Ex-wife Frances tells how he hit her out of jealousy while messed up on booze and drugs.
I'm withholding the fifth star because I think a look at Miles' legacy, ie who he influenced and how, would've made it a better documentary.