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new bio about Miles Davis' missing years
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Don Cheadle is the driving force behind, directing and starring in a new movie bio of the years 1975-1980 when MD made or at least released, no new music. A complex, enigmatic, idiosyncratic (and all those other words) man was Mr. Davis. His Kind of Blue is still the best selling jazz record of all time but even on this most-accessible of recordings, it was all Miles, all the time. Love the guy and his music; don't even pretend to understand him. Anyway back to Topic "A"--here's a 1/2 page article on this project.: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/movies...ahead.html
One thing I will never understand is why Mr. Davis is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here's a partial transcript of an interview with him from 1985--beautifully written article but it contains some rough language: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/no...-backpages
A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR
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#2
Thanks for the links. I love the music of Miles, and I don't worry too much about the man.
A few months ago I transcribed and made a review of one of my favorite albums: Relaxin'
I would appreciate your opinion about the review, it's just about what can be found in the music
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This totally non-technical mutt read your articles with interest (including the other 3 linked pieces). What I got is someone that uses the technical to express the passion and draw in even the casual listener to listen and explore further. Keep on keeping on, Sr Lavera.
A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR
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Please note. Wombat Productions was the Miami promotion company mentioned in Miles biography.

We did not TRY to sue him.

We most successfully sued him for taking what was probably the biggest dive in musical history.

He and his agents at Apogee Management assumed that we were a powerless "bunch of animals from the hills of North Carolina" and would be incapable of getting our deposit money back from him.

At that point in his life, Miles had signed over most of his property and was essentially judgment proof. But we did have liens on his new royalties, which is why he didn't record any albums during this period, as all monies would have gone to Wombat. More unfortunately for Miles, one of my father's friends was a bigwig in the American Auditorium Manager's Association (now called International Association of Venue Managers) and had Miles blacklisted for five years in every hall that belonged to the association, which was essentially every hall in America with about more than 100 seats..

His biography resumes on the day the blacklist was scheduled to be renewed and he repaid our deposit plus damages. And we were all friends.

Soon I will post details of the contract and documents from the lawsuit.
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