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2014

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Don Cheadle Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Miles Davis Biopic

June 7, 2014

Don Cheadle has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the Miles Davis biopic that he's been working on for years. Cheadle will make his feature directorial debut with the film, titled Miles Ahead, in addition to co-writing it and starring...

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Hear Miles Davis Jam on 'Spanish Key'

January 22, 2014

It's not often that the opening act on a four-night run gets a massive four-disc box set out of the gig, but Miles Davis was no ordinary opening act. In June 1970, fresh off the release of his game-changing double album Bitches Brew, the trumpeter and...

2013

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Miles Davis Is Coming to the Movies

November 14, 2013

Don Cheadle will portray Miles Davis and make his directorial debut in a long in-the-works biopic about the famed, groundbreaking jazz musician, the Associated Press reports. See Where Davis' Kind of Blue Lands on Our 500 Greatest Albums List Unlike...

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George Duke, Jazz Keyboardist, Dies at 67

August 6, 2013

Legendary jazz keyboardist George Duke, who spent his lengthy career collaborating with icons including Miles Davis, Barry Manilow, Frank Zappa and George Clinton, died on Monday, reports NPR. Duke was known for bridging jazz, funk, R&B and Brazilian...

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Dave Bry Apologizes to Bon Jovi, Bob Mould in New Memoir

April 12, 2013

As a 17-year-old high school student in Little Silver, New Jersey, Dave Bry drove to nearby resident Jon Bon Jovi's house and spent the night chugging beers and throwing empties on his lawn. "You know how sometimes you tell the day by the bottle that...

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Amnesty International Releasing Human Rights Concerts

October 7, 2013

On November 5th, Amnesty International will release ¡Released!, a special six-disc DVD and two-disc CD box set featuring four shows from their historic Human Rights Concerts series that spanned from 1986-1998. Amnesty International Unveils...

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Jimi Hendrix Sought Paul McCartney for Supergroup with Miles Davis

May 10, 2013

It's long been known that Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis were making plans to record together the year before Hendrix's death in 1970, but it turns out the pioneering guitarist and jazz trumpeter were hoping that Paul McCartney would join them on bass....

2012

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Nigel Godrich Keeps Busy With Atoms for Peace, 'From the Basement'

December 20, 2012

For the past two decades, Nigel Godrich has remained one of alternative music's most influential and sought-out producers, working with high-profile acts Radiohead, Beck, Paul McCartney and R.E.M. But in 2012, Godrich stepped out from behind the boards,...

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Jazz Guitar Pioneer Pete Cosey Dead at 68

June 11, 2012

Blues and jazz guitarist Pete Cosey died on May 30th in Chicago at the age of 68, the Associated Press reports. According to Cosey's daughter Mariama, he passed away due to complications from an unspecified surgery. Cosey is best known for his work as...

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Postal Service to Issue Miles Davis Stamp

January 25, 2012

More than 20 years after his death, jazz legend Miles Davis is being honored by the U.S. Postal Service with his very own stamp. This year, the Kind of Blue trumpeter will be immortalized in a collection of musically-themed stamps that will also honor...

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Carlos Santana to Publish Memoir in 2014

September 13, 2012

Carlos Santana is working on a still-untitled memoir that Little Brown is set to publish in English and Spanish in 2014, the Los Angeles Times reports. Santana hopes his story will "help readers discover the sanctity, grace and divinity in themselves,"...

2011

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Bob Marley and Dr. Dre Top Survey of Mostly Bad Celeb Headphones

October 21, 2011

Home audio and video magazine Sound & Vision recently conducted a review of the best and worst celebrity-branded headphones, including gear from renowned musical acts like Jay-Z, Quincy Jones and Miles Davis. The magazine asked an expert panel of...

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The Live Birth of Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew'

February 7, 2011

On July 5, 1969, a month before he recorded his pioneering jazz-rock confrontation, Bitches Brew, Miles Davis previewed that convulsion at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. It was a fateful setting. Promoter George Wein had broadened the bill,...

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December's Best Concerts, From Patti Smith to Phish

January 3, 2011

I usually take a short break from writing at the end of each year. I never take a vacation from gigs. Here are some highlights from the New York nights that lit up the end of my road to 2011. Zappa Plays Zappa, Beacon Theater, December 17, 2010 The...

2010

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Warner Music Discovers Photos, Memorabilia In Archives

November 9, 2010

Warner Music Group has undertaken a massive search of its archives, seeking valuable photographs and other musical memorabilia, according to The New York Times . Called "Sight of Sound," the project aims to excavate the contents of nearly 100,000 boxes...

2009

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Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Pixies Release Super-Deluxe Box Sets

July 9, 2009

The big news for Pixies' fans is the fall release of Minotaur, a limited edition package that compiles the band's five studio albums (on vinyl, CD, DVD and Bluray), along with a concert DVD, two posters and a 54-page book of artwork – all in a lavish...

2008

Album Review

Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition Box Set

October 16, 2008

In the DVD that accompanies this reissue, singer Shirley Horn defines what makes Miles Davis' music resonate beyond the jazz world: "He was sexy." Aside from the sexiness in that moody trumpet, Kind of Blue introduced modal jazz — a new, less restrictive...

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