Miles Davis in a scene from Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue directed by Murray Lerner, USA, 2004, 87m.
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Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue: The 42nd New York Film Festival
NEW YORK • Walter Reade Theater • Ongoing
|Miles Davis’s performance before 600,000 screaming rock fans at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival was the culmination of a remarkable journey. A giant of jazz, Davis by the late Sixties started to look in new musical directions; challenged by what he heard in the streets and on the radio— and especially by Jimi Hendrix’s music— he began to add electric pianos and guitars to his ensembles, incorporating rock and funk rhythms with jazz improvisations. This fusion resulted in masterworks such as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew; it also resulted in controversy every bit as fierce as Dylan going electric, as musicians, critics, and fans argued over the future of jazz. Murray Lerner was there, and in MILES ELECTRIC: A DIFFERENT KIND OF BLUE he has captured this amazing transitional moment in American music, adding contemporary reminiscences by musicians who were at Davis’s side (Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Gary Bartz, etc.) as well as others profoundly affected by his innovations (Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell). Immediately following the 7:30 screening, a panel of musicians and critics will discuss the impact of Miles Davis on American music. 87 min. USA, 2004. Co-presented with Jazz at Lincoln Center.|
A selection of 25 features and 9 short films from around the world. In all, some 21 countries are represented in this year’s annual 17-day showcase of world cinema, from Sweden to Senegal, Egypt to Argentina, Israel to Thailand, Lebanon to Brazil. All the feature films in the Festival are U.S. premieres.
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Detailed schedule information:
Saturday 9 October, 7:30 pm
Saturday 9 October, 10:15 pm
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