The Miles Davis biopic is finally here

Miles Ahead, a biopic inspired in the last and troubled stage of life of the legendary jazz musician Miles Davis, will be released in April.

For several years there were rumours of a forthcoming biographical film on Miles Davis, the American jazz (or rather “social music” as he used to say) trumpet player that is considered one of the most gifted artists of the Twentieth century. Well, that film has been finally realised. It is entitled Miles Ahead, like the 1957 artist’s album, was partly funded by Davis’ fans through a crowdfunding campaign and after its premieres at the New York and Sundance Film Festival it will soon be released in movie theatres.

Directed and interpreted by Don CheadleMiles Ahead retraces the later years of the artist’s life, the hardest and most troubled period. When he withdrew from the public eye in 1975 after thirty years of success, Miles Davis holed himself up in his house in Manhattan.


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Don Cheadle thinking in Miles Ahead


Alone and in poor psychophysical conditions due to diabetes and arthritis as well as drug and alcohol abuse, he was haunted by past memories (like the love of his life Frances Taylor) and persecuted by charlatans and label owners. The music journalist and friend Dave Brill, interpreted by Ewan McGregor, will help him get out of the silence and return to music.


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To interpret the role of Miles Davis the better, Don Cheadle learnt to play the trumpet


Don Cheadle thus depicts one of the most fascinating examples of erratic genius in an original and anti-conventional way, without avoiding to show Miles Davis’ impetuous and uncontrollable behaviours, demonstrating a deep understanding of the man and his music.


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A scene of Miles Ahead in a recording studio.


About his debut as director, Cheadle said:

Music has always been one of my passions. Since 6th grade, when I started listening to my parents’ Miles Davis records, his artistry has been an inspiration to me. Surprisingly, Miles’ life, his passion, his creativity, his fire have never been brought to life in a film and the fact that his family has chosen me to do this now is an honor. I want to tell a story that Miles himself would have wanted to see, something hip, cool, alive and ahead.

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