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The Miles Davis Story (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  14 April 2001 (UK)
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A review of the life and work of Miles Davis as told by those who knew and worked with him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Cobb
Shirley Horn
Frances Davis ...
Herself - first wife
Clark Terry
Ian Carr ...
Vincent Wilburn Jr. ...
Himself - nephew
Irene Cawthon ...
Herself - first girlfriend
Cheryl Davis ...
Herself - daughter
Jean-Pierre LeLoir ...
Himself - photographer
Bob Weinstock ...
George Avakian
Pierre Michelot ...
Emilhenco ...
Himself (as René Urtreger)
Jeanne de Mirbeck ...
Ron Carter ...


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Miles and his music / the Documentary
16 November 2004 | by (istanbul turkey) – See all my reviews

Even though I was very happy seeing rare footage of his concerts in the 60's and 70's I was very much dissatisfied with the documentary and felt it as an incomplete film about the life of a music genius. I wish there was more about his life as a musician than about his life as a father or husband and more of him as "The Figure." I don't think the documentary conveys very well why Miles Davis is regarded as a genius by musicians and listeners around the world. Instead of watching this documentary I would recommend reading his excellent autobiography. By the way, as another reviewer pointed out the music he made in the 70's with Chick Corea and Keith Jarret is not at all "noodling". Miles and his group were pioneers of a music that inspired many musicians for decades like Weather Report and even the late 90's electronic dub and drum and bass music. If one listens carefully, one will find a texture of sheer excellence and musical genius that revolutionized Jazz. Because Jazz is about transformation and also a renewal of the self as well as the sound.

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