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A WILD "WHAT IF"

I had heard for years about Miles Davis & Jimi Hendrix recording with one another and that the tapes were somewhere. After reading the story released on THE WIRE in 1997 I can now give up on that dream I suppose. Here’s the link that tells that story and all about the producer, Alan Douglas, who put the session together and just passed away…

http://www.douglasrecords.com/bio.htm#

It appears that Miles and Tony Williams both asked for $50,000 in advance before they’d come to the studio to record. Hendrix was there, waiting with the four songs he had agreed to bring to start the session. At the last minute Miles and Tony called to demand the money and the session never came off. No one would give in and I suppose pride does go before a fall.

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I had heard that there were tapes but if there were/are/whatever then it would only have been recordings of rehearsals and I can’t imagine that would have happened and if so that whomever is in control of them would let them out. To add to the intrigue, Hendrix sent a telegraph to PAUL McCARTNEY to come play bass on the sessions!

At least the bio-pic on the life of Miles is going forward. Vince Wilburn Jr. (Miles Davis’ nephew and head of the estate) told me that Don Cheadle will indeed play Miles and that shooting begins in July 2014!

 

Russ Davis began his career in jazz radio by creating a special program called Jazz Flavours in 1978 at WQXI-FM in Atlanta. Since 1999 Russ has produced and hosted a weekly program  Jazz America for VOA.  It continues today and is heard worldwide each weekend by an estimated audience of 134 million listeners. His latest endeavor is the creation of the world’s Modern Jazz online radio station, Moja Radio.

 

 

By | 2014-06-25T00:53:59+00:00 June 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A WILD "WHAT IF"

Wayne Shorter Turns 80: Freedom of Expression!

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As the great saxophonist, composer, bandleader and NEA Jazz Master Wayne Shorter turns 80 years old on August 25th I’m led to simply remember some recent performances I’ve experienced by The Wayne Shorter Quartet. I’ve seen Wayne with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade at the 2011 Montreal Jazz Festival, at the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2012 and most recently at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival, where they were joined by Wayne’s old friend Herbie Hancock.

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The title of the band’s latest release is no flippant one. It’s Without A Net. Having heard the performances and talked to the band members, as well as hearing Mr. Shorter’s comments at a panel discussion conducted by former band member Rene Rosnes in Detroit featuring the entire band, I know that their intent is to make music by being in the moment with complete freedom of expression.

 

Since Wayne is a longtime practicing Buddhist he lives his life as he makes his music. The past is gone, the future never arrives and the way to make music is to “be here, now!” Besides enjoying the marvelous output of this great master we can also learn a lot about how to live our lives at the same time, while we wish him the happiest of birthdays!

 

Russ Davis began his career in jazz radio by creating a special program called Jazz Flavours in 1978 at WQXI-FM in Atlanta. Since 1999 Russ has produced and hosted a weekly program  Jazz America for VOA.  It continues today and is heard worldwide each weekend by an estimated audience of 134 million listeners. His latest endeavor is the creation of the world’s Modern Jazz online radio station, Moja Radio.

 

 

By | 2013-08-24T00:36:28+00:00 August 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Wayne Shorter Turns 80: Freedom of Expression!