Miles Davis is on the cover of Blue Notes in Black and White: Photography and Jazz, and is the subject of a chapter on his album covers and image. I was recently one of many who sat down with director Stanley Nelson to talk about Davis, that figure of intrigue whose impact continues to be felt in and beyond the world of music. Nelson is a distinguished documentarian whose films on Jonestown and the Black Panthers are well worth viewing. He asks good questions. I don’t know how many of my answers made it into the film, but visitors to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, will get a first look at the completed picture at the premiere of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Sunday, January 27, at the Prospector Square Theatre.
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and other close musical associates of Davis contributed their thoughts, and Nelson’s film uses previously unseen footage and photographs and unreleased music to tell the Miles Davis story. The Sundance Film Festival premieres new American and international films and is the largest independent film festival in the United States.
Here is Stanley Nelson on his film: