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Join Date: Oct 2004
Miles Electric: A Different Kind Of Blue
"It takes courage to leave all your security blankets behind and jump without a blanket" -- Carlos Santana on Miles Davis
Eagle Rock Entertainment brings to home viewing audiences a documentary about a milestone performance of the legendary jazz icon, Miles Davis, with the DVD release, Miles Electric: A Different Kind Of Blue. Premiered at this year's 42nd New York Film Festival, this special feature documents the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival performance by Davis, which was the culmination of a remarkable journey.
Featured are interviews of musicians who were a part of this amazing transitional moment in American music, including Chick Corea, Herbie Han****, and Keith Jarrett, in addition to those who were profoundly affected by his innovations - Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell, among others.
When Davis released Bitches Brew in 1970, he opened up a new angle to jazz. Some critics accused Davis of selling out, while consumers kept his album on the top of the charts. To date, Bitches Brew is one of the best selling jazz albums of all time. Miles Electric: A Different Kind Of Blue examines the next step in the process -- performing live.
Miles performed before 600,000 screaming rock fans at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. It was the culmination of a remarkable journey. A giant of jazz, Davis by the late Sixties started to look in new musical directions; challenged by what he heard in the streets and on the radio- and especially by Jimi Hendrix's music- he began to add electric pianos and guitars to his ensembles, incorporating rock and funk rhythms with jazz improvisations. This fusion resulted in masterworks such as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew; it also resulted in controversy every bit as fierce as Dylan going electric, as musicians, critics, and fans argued over the future of jazz.
Directed by award winning producer Murray Lerner, Miles Electric sits down with several of the performers who played with Miles, interspersed with footage from the concert. Lerner has brilliantly captured this amazing transitional moment in American music, adding contemporary reminiscences by musicians who were at Davis' side (Chick Corea, Herbie Han****, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Gary Bartz, etc.) as well as others profoundly affected by his innovations (Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell).
The DVD has a running time of 73 minutes and is presented in 5.1 surround sound. It will be available wherever video is sold on November 16, 2004 for a suggested retail price of $19.98. Extra features on the DVD include additional interviews.
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