At last month’s Berlin Film Festival, the new Don Cheadle movie “Miles Ahead” where he plays the legendary trumpeter and tells the story about a few days of his life in the early 80s with a lot of flashbacks, had its world premiere (see review on these pages by using the search function). As you probably know, the movie will open in theaters early next month with the accompanying soundtrack to be released on April 1st. The soundtrack to the movie combines 11 tracks from his Prestige and Columbia years with original new compositions by Robert Glasper.
Among the guests on the new tracks are Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Gary Clark Jr., Antonio Sanchez (who can all be seen at the very end of the movie playing together with Don/Miles), and rapper Pharoahe Monch.
But Robert has also produced another Miles tribute album in conjunction with the legendary artist’s 90th birthday which would have been at the end of May. “Everything’s Beautiful” includes new interpretations of Miles’ music and incorporates his original recordings into new soundscapes with a stellar list of musicians. The album will be released on May 27th, the day after Miles’ 90th, and includes guest artists KING, Illa J, Bilal, Erykah Badu, Georgia Ann Muldrow, John Scofield, Laura Mvula, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ledisi, and Stevie Wonder.
In the master’s words: can’t wait to hear that shit.