Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h 55mins
“Music has always been like a curse with me. It’s the first thing in my life. Go to bed thinking about it, and wake up thinking about it. That’s all I live for.”
So spoke the man who went on to redefine the world of jazz music as we know it.
Both preternaturally gifted and an absolute grafter who soaked up the lessons of his tutors with an insatiable hunger, Miles Davis was a visionary who took the cool austerity of ‘Bebop’ and tweaked it into the louche and sexy ‘Cool Jazz’ with which he is synonymous.
Director Stanley Nelson has created a documentary that will appeal to jazz aficionados and newcomers alike by focusing not just on the incredible talent of a restlessly visionary performer, but also on the demons that plagued a flawed man with all too human frailties. His addictive personality acting as both a driving force and often as his undoing.
An encyclopaedic archive of often never-before-seen footage and an enviable roster of contemporaries and musical devotees have been assembled to piece together the history of the great man, including Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Cobb and Carlos Santana.