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Don Cheadle To Star In And Direct Miles Davis Biopic

November 14th, 2013 11:49am EST
Don Cheadle to play Miles Davis
Don Cheadle is set to take on the role of jazz legend Miles Davis in a new biopic.

The actor will star as the famous trumpeter, who died in 1991, also direct the film, titled "Kill The Trumpet Player."

BiFrost Pictures confirmed the partnership with Cheadle to bring the film to the screen on Wednesday, something the actor has been trying to do for years. It will also mark his directorial debut.

"Kill The Trumpet Player" will also star Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana, who will play Davis' wife Francis.

Cheadle joined some of the late musician's family members in Los Angeles last week for t...
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A Supergroup That Could Have Been: Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix & Miles Davis

May 11th, 2013 5:02pm EDT
Jimi Hendrix
The music universe did not know it at the time but it was deprived of one of the most unique endeavors ever proposed.

Paul McCartney missed out on the chance to form a supergroup with fellow music icons Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis in 1969 - because he was on holiday.

Hendrix, Davis and the jazz trumpeter's drummer, Tony Williams, were making plans to record an album together with producer Alan Douglas, and decided to call on The Beatles legend to join them on bass.

They sent out the invite via telegram on October 22, 1969, writing, "We are recording and (sic) LP together this weekend. H...
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DVD Review: Miles Davis: Live at Montreux 1973-1991

September 1st, 2011 6:42pm EDT
Miles Davis
It may only be highlights and not a true full-on DVD release of Miles Davis’ live performances at Montreux (the accompanying booklet claims there is no such complete DVD release), Miles Davis: Live at Montreux 1973-1991 still accomplishes its goal – to showcase the work of a well-respected, incredibly talented gentle musician.

Miles Davis: Live at Montreux 1973-1991 opens with a sight as simple and innocent as Davis and his band standing on stage tuning their instruments, though when the band launches into the opening “Ife,” you’d be hard-pressed to not get goosebumps. Throughout the DVD’s...
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Mark Salling Releasing A Rock Album

August 6th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Mark Salling
Actor Mark Salling is following in the musical footsteps of his Glee co-star Matthew Morrison by releasing his own album.

The 27 year old plays bad boy football player Noah 'Puck' Puckerman on the hit TV comedy, about a high school show choir, and regularly shows off his vocals on the program.

However, Salling is set to return to his roots as a trained musician for a new solo record and he will be taking inspiration from his favorite artists in rock and jazz.

He tells Teen Vogue magazine, "I love nineties stuff like Alice in Chains and Nine Inch Nails...
I also love jazz greats lik...
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Reviewed! The Moody Blues - 'Threshold Of A Dream: Live At The Isle of Wight Festival' DVD

July 12th, 2010 8:00pm EDT
moody blues
The Moody Blues: “Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival” - Eagle Rock Ent.

If you see only one Moody Blues DVD this year (and c’mon, why wouldn’t you?), make it their recently released “Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival,” a picture perfect account of their performance at, yes, you guessed it, the famed 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. Even though the festival played host to acts that operated on a much different wavelength – the Doors, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull and Miles Davis – the Moody Blues - Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Ray Thomas, Graeme ...
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Ten Greatest Albums Of The Decade

December 16th, 2009 10:06am EST
Ten Greatest Albums of the Decade
So far, we've brought you the Greatest TV Shows and Greatest Songs of the decade. Now it's time to look at what may be a dying breed. With the advent of the ability to download singles off the Internet individually, and the massive popularity of the iPod - it's no longer necessary to buy an entire album in order to hear the one or two songs you'd really like to own. Because of that, it may no longer be necessary for artists to create albums, or even sign record deals. This could be the last decade the album is a dominant artform. With that in mind - here are the Ten Greatest Albums of t...
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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Music Is Meant To Be Heard Live

July 28th, 2008 9:03am EDT
Wu-Tang Clang
At last summer's Rock the Bells, less that two minutes after Wu-Tang Clang busted into their first song, which is to say five minutes after the yo-yo-yos concluded, my dad plopped himself down on the grassy knoll. "These guys suck," he muttered into the tattooed shins of the toking Latino in front of him.

It's not that my pop is the typical old guy who views rap as an example of all that is wrong with the world; he had just nodded along to Cypress Hill several sets before, even mouthing a few choice lyrics to "Insane in the Membrane." No, my dad is just not a fan of live music he can'...
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Concord Music Group Unveils New Section Devoted To Rarities And Collectibles

June 26th, 2008 8:30pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
With labels such as Fantasy, Specialty, Prestige and Stax, the scope of the Concord Music Group catalog is as deep and eclectic as your beloved public radio station left of the dial and as vast as the greatest neighborhood indie store. The quandary now is where to go to find a collection of Jerry Garcia’s oeuvre with Merl Saunders or to find Soultrane on vinyl without having to take out a second mortgage. Well, record collecting has just turned a corner.

Concord Music Group welcomes you to The Collector’s Corner.

Break out those lists of the obscure, out of print and the monophoni...
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Concord Music Group Unveils New Section Devoted To Rarities And Collectibles

June 24th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
With labels such as Fantasy, Specialty, Prestige and Stax, the scope of the Concord Music Group catalog is as deep and eclectic as your beloved public radio station left of the dial and as vast as the greatest neighborhood indie store. The quandary now is where to go to find a collection of Jerry Garcia’s oeuvre with Merl Saunders or to find Soultrane on vinyl without having to take out a second mortgage. Well, record collecting has just turned a corner.

Concord Music Group welcomes you to The Collector’s Corner.

Break out those lists of the obscure, out of print and the monophoni...
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World Renowned Bassist Marcus Miller Releases New Album, 'Marcus'; Win A Signed Copy!

April 8th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Marcus Miller
Among the world's most gifted, forward-thinking and eclectic electric bassists, Marcus Miller is a two-time Grammy-winner and the composer / producer of eight critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums.

On March 4, 2008 Concord Jazz released Marcus, Marcus Miller's 7th solo release, featuring guest appearances by Corinne Bailey Rae, Lalah Hathaway, Keb' Mo' and more, including Taraji P. Henson, the actress who lent her vocals to the Oscar winning song "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" from the film Hustle and Flow.

The 13-track album finds Marcus serving up his own signature fu...
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Collection Of Hits From Multi-Million-Selling Italian Singer-Songwriter Zucchero Released

February 20th, 2008 5:02pm EST
Zucchero
"All The Best" is an affectionate compilation of 15 tracks from Italian singer/songwriter Zucchero, whose original releases span from 1986 to the present, including four new tracks recorded specifically for this release. Several tracks contain stellar guest performances from artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Vanessa Carlton.

Perhaps no other recording artist in the world has recorded as many successful – and diverse – collaborations as the singer-songwriter from Emilia-Romagna. "All The Best" features Zucchero's first such collaboration with jazz leg...
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Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

September 11th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...
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Grammy-Nominated Trumpeter Christian Scott To Release Highly Anticipated Sophomore Album, 'Anthem,' Aug. 28

August 14th, 2007 5:27pm EDT
Christian Scott
On August 28, 2007, Concord Jazz will release Anthem, the highly anticipated sophomore album from Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott. Anthem is a powerful collection of 12 tracks teeming indie-rock, neo-soul, hip-hop and jazz and features an appearance by Brother J of X-Clan on the finale track "Anthem (Postdiluvial Adaptation)". The tracks on the album give us a taste of Christian's hometown, New Orleans, and the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, however it also reflects the many changes Scott has gone through since releasing his debut album in 2006. "My life changed completel...
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Mink: Here To Stay And Ready To Play-- For A Long, Long Time

August 9th, 2007 5:30pm EDT
Mink
The band has clearly hit the ground running. Formed just a blink ago in Spring 2006, Mink has already written more than 60 songs (30 of them in one intense three week stretch), recorded their debut album in just four weeks (with noted producer Sylvia Massy of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool fame), shot one of the most fun videos of recent times for its infectious song Talk to Me with director Christian Lamb (Madonna, Korn, Kelly Clarkson, Incubus), had another song Pressure Pressure featured nightly in ESPN's 2006 Major League baseball playoffs coverage, and has established itself as one of ...
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Chaka Khan: 'Funk This' In Stores September 25

July 31st, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Chaka Khan
Say the name "Chaka" and most folks in the know instantly think of a woman who has made an indelible and lasting impression on the music scene of the past three decades. First, as the lead singer of the massively successful R&B, funk and pop band Rufus, then as a solo artist in her own right who has influenced an entire generation of female vocalists (think Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Maysa among others). Like Aretha, like Joni, like Tina, a first name will do. For there's only one Chaka, woman of fire, possessed of a powerhouse, unforgettably distinctive trademark vocal style who ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 26

May 26th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Matt Stone
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Ashley Massaro (1979), South Park co-creator Matt Stone (1971), "The Corpse Bride" actress Helena Bonham Carter (1966), rock star Lenny Kravitz (1964), "General Hospital" actress Genie Francis (1962), comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (1962), film and TV actress Margaret Colin (1957), "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier (1949), country superstar Hank Williams Jr. (1949), "Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas (1949), Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks (1948), British guitarist Mick Ronson (1946; d. 1993), The Band drummer Levon Helm (1942), jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926; d...
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Christina Aguilera Talks About Her 'Back To Basics' Tour (Part 3); Win Her CD

April 26th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera recently chatted with fans about her North American Tour. Each Thursday at 8pm Starpulse will post one of four portions of the interview, with the final part going live on Thursday, May 3, just days before Christina's 'Back To Basics' tour comes to a close. We're also giving away copies of her Back To Basics CD throughout this final leg of her tour. You can enter to win a copy here. This is Part 3:

How you doing, Christina?

Christina Aguilera: I'm well. How are you?

I'm cold, but doing OK other than that.

Christina Aguilera: Oh, no.

I've hear...
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Epic To Release Sly & The Family Stone's Original Studio Albums In Limited Quantities April 10

March 7th, 2007 12:50pm EST
Sly and The Family Stone
The tumultuous hitmaking career of Sly and The Family Stone continues to reverberate in every single genre of contemporary music - from pop and R&B to hip-hop and jazz - more than three decades after the group's last appearance on the Top 40 charts.

The groundbreaking saga of Sly & The Family Stone was played out over the course of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records, recorded and released between 1967 and 1974: A Whole New Thing (1967), Dance To The Music (1968), Life (1968), Stand! (1969), There's A Riot Goin' On (1971), Fresh (1973), and Small Talk (1974). Those al...
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Fifth Edition Of The Prestige Records/Rudy Van Gelder Classic Jazz Remasters Series In Stores This Week

February 7th, 2007 4:17pm EST
John Coltrane
In the fifth edition of the Prestige Records RVG Remasters series, five more classic albums are polished for their February 6 release: John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio: Traneing In; Jackie McLean: 4, 5, and 6; Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin’; Pat Martino: El Hombre; and Sonny Rollins: Plus Four. Prestige inaugurated its RVG Remasters Series in March 2006 with ten seminal titles, then continued in June, July and September with five more discs each month. Each RVG engineered album includes original and new liner notes, and some albums are augmented by alternate take bonus tracks.

Jo...
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Josh Hartnett Listens To Lots Of Chet Baker For Upcoming Biopic

January 29th, 2007 10:10am EST
Josh Hartnett
Josh Hartnett isn't taking his upcoming portrayal of Chet Baker lightly - he listens to over 100 recordings of the jazz great after programming them into his iPod. The Pearl Harbor star was spotted at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this week with his earphones on at all times - listening to Baker's hits.

He says, "Chet Baker is important to me because his story is amazing. I wasn't a huge Chet Baker fan, although I am a big jazz fan; I was always more into Miles Davis and John Coltrane."

Trumpeter Baker had a troubled life and spent time in jail. It is believed he committed su...
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New Holiday Releases From Chris Botti, Bette Midler, James Taylor and Mary Mary In Stores Now

November 5th, 2006 8:00pm EST
Chris Botti
-Special 2006 Edition of Classic Holiday Collection Premieres Four Newly-Recorded Never-Heard-Before Chris Botti Yuletide Tracks

Columbia Records released a new edition -- featuring four newly-recorded tracks and two brand-new songs -- of Chris Botti's best-selling seasonal album, December, on Tuesday, October 10.

Produced by Bobby Colomby, the yuletide 2006 edition of December premieres two new songs: a breathtaking interpretation of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria," featuring the Choir of St. John's, Smith's Square, and "I Don't Really Want Much For Christmas" (featuring Eric Benét)...
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Grammy Winning Jazz Superstars George Benson And Al Jarreau Unite For First-Ever Collaboration

October 19th, 2006 12:36pm EDT
Givin It Up
On October 24th, the music world will be dazzled by a harmonic convergence of superstars when singer/guitarist/songwriter George Benson teams with vocalist extraordinaire/songwriter Al Jarreau for Givin' It Up. Friends and label-mates for over three decades, this outing marks the first time that the two artists, both multiple Grammy® winners with Gold and Platinum selling albums, have recorded together as equal partners.

This much-anticipated 13-track recording features each of the stars on a new arrangement of one of the other's biggest hits - Jarreau adding lyrics to and singing Bens...
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Doors Drummer John Densmore's New Project Tribaljazz Releases Debut Album

October 17th, 2006 4:56pm EDT
John Densmore
John Densmore has been telling people he's a jazz drummer since his days with the Doors; he finally gets to put his sticks where his mouth has been with Tribaljazz. The Los Angeles-based collective releases its debut album date October 17 on Hidden Beach Recordings.

As their name implies, Tribaljazz combines Densmore's love of the classic Jazz of Miles Davis and John Coltrane with the global rhythms he's explored since his first recordings with The Doors (their hit "Break On Through" was inspired by the Bossa Nova beat of "The Girl From Ipanema") through the Middle Eastern grooves hear...
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Medeski, Martin & Wood and John Scofield Are 'Out Louder'

July 17th, 2006 3:39pm EDT
MSMW
It's a match made not above nor below, but rather in some altogether hipper, funkier place. We're talking John Medeski, Billy Martin, and Chris Wood (aka Medeski, Martin & Wood), plus guitar guru John Scofield. On their new release Out Louder, they make music not of this world, yet rooted in the earth tones of jazz, funk, and blues. Music from the heart, for the mind, and made to shake the earth, not to mention the body.

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood first recorded together on Scofield's A Go Go (click for review), a disc that has become a must-have classic. That project united jazz g...
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Danielle Evin Delivers A Fantastic Self-Titled Debut June 27; Listen To Three Tracks From It Right Here

June 20th, 2006 4:03pm EDT
Danielle Evin
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Danielle Evin is set to release her self-titled debut album on the newly formed independent label, LateralView Records (distributed by Red/Sony BMG) on June 27.

Produced and mixed by the Grammy-award winning team of Jack Douglas (John Lennon, The Who, Aerosmith), and Michael H. Brauer (Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan), respectively, Danielle Evin's self-titled debut CD is a stirring collection of original songs which captures Evin's unbridled passion with her powerful signature vocals, layered with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, a...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 26

May 26th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Lenny Kravitz
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Ashley Massaro (1979), South Park co-creator Matt Stone (1971), "The Corpse Bride" actress Helena Bonham Carter (1966), rock star Lenny Kravitz (1964), "General Hospital" actress Genie Francis (1962), comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (1962), film and tv actress Margaret Colin (1957), "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier (1949), country superstar Hank Williams Jr. (1949), "Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas (1949), Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks (1948), British guitarist Mick Ronson (1946; d. 1993), The Band drummer Levon Helm (1942), jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926; d...
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2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

November 28th, 2005 12:45pm EST
Black Sabbath
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announced its 2006 Inductees. This year's class includes Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Sex Pistols, plus the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss. The Twenty-First Annual Induction Ceremony will be held Monday, March 13th 2006 in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Here's some more info on this year's inductees...

Black Sabbath – (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward) Formed in Birmingham, England in 1968, Black Sabbath stands as the premier purveyors of heavy met...
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Phish Guitarist Trey Anastasio Shines

October 26th, 2005 2:13pm EDT
Trey Anastasio in Phish
Columbia Records is set to release Shine (click fore review), the much-anticipated album of new music from the visionary guitarist/singer/composer Trey Anastasio, on Tuesday, November 1.

Shine is Anastasio's first collection of new songs since the dissolution of the artist's seminal rock band, Phish, in 2004 and is his first album for Columbia Records. The album will be available as both a traditional CD and as a DualDisc.

Produced and mixed by Brendan O'Brien (whose extensive resume ranges from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Paul Westerberg to Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine),...
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