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Did anyone see the documentary on BBC Two last night. 2 hours of pure gold - at least up to the Quintet. Amazing quantity of good archive film and a great story of his life and loves. And the music was excellent, the double bass sound, particularly Paul Chambers,  superb. Get it on catchup; you won’t be disappointed.

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Yes, really looking forward to watching this. Last night wasn’t a good time to do so. 🍻

I can recommend a read of his autobiography too. Not least because he was as inventive in his use of swearing as he was in his music.

The Don Cheadle bio-pic ‘Miles Ahead’ is good too. 

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Well, how many times have you heard the word ‘soul’ by all and sundry?  Cool might be outdated but,  believe me, it was the only show in town in the sixties.

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Yes watched it too.

What great players he had around him, loved Ron Carter telling him to do one when asked to change to electric. 😊

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Been a very long week, but it sounded wonderful as I kept falling in and out of conciousness on the sofa! iPlayer later.

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Saw it, loved it.

Jeeez he was one fecked up mutha, despite his genius.  I cackled when Carter told MD to feck off, as did mr Slapper  :)

Nice to see some Wayne Shorter action too

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1 hour ago, fleabag said:

Saw it, loved it.

Jeeez he was one fecked up mutha, despite his genius.  

Indeed. Some of the stories made for uncomfortable listening/viewing.

I knew a little of his life previously, but the film was genuinely eye-opening and inspiring, certainly from a musical perspective.

I hadn’t realised at all how he went about doing the (improvisational) soundtrack to Ascenseur pour l’echafaud and how it pretty much changed his approach thereafter - less charts and more improvisational; requiring the players to step up and deliver themselves.

An excellent film... 

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5 hours ago, bassace said:

Did anyone see the documentary on BBC Two last night. 2 hours of pure gold - at least up to the Quintet. Amazing quantity of good archive film and a great story of his life and loves. And the music was excellent, the double bass sound, particularly Paul Chambers,  superb. Get it on catchup; you won’t be disappointed.

Didn't see it but will search iPlayer this evening! Recently read the autobiography, a real eye opener and notable for the fact it's a who's-who of jazz with Miles claiming he had to teach each of these great musicians how to play in the way he wanted with one notable exception: Marcus Miller. He speaks really warmly on Marcus which in the context of this book is unique! 

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On 15/03/2020 at 09:16, Len_derby said:

The Don Cheadle bio-pic ‘Miles Ahead’ is good too. 

I had to switch that off after 10 minutes. 

The documentary on the other hand was wonderful. 

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On 15/03/2020 at 12:06, oldslapper said:

Yes watched it too.

What great players he had around him, loved Ron Carter telling him to do one when asked to change to electric. 😊

Yes, that was funny. Also, telling Wayne Shorter to bring "the book" on the next recording session... 😂 

I enjoyed it, good stuff. 

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On 15/03/2020 at 12:06, oldslapper said:

Yes watched it too.

What great players he had around him, loved Ron Carter telling him to do one when asked to change to electric. 😊

Ron Carter did play some fine electric bass on Gil Scott Heron’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised just a few years later, mind!

 

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