Looks like it’s gonna be Grammy and Oscar time for Robert Glasper Once again… For some time now word has gotten around that actor Don Cheadle, was planning to make a film about the life of one of the greatest jazz artists to ever live, Miles Davis. Miles Davis was not your typical Jazz musician. He was passionate about his art. Miles Davis had a career that spanned many decades. As A child Don Cheadle describes being obsessed with the Music of Davis. His first exposure came from the Porgy & Bess album owned by his parents.
Cheadle is learning to play trumpet for the role. He has hired Robert Glasper to score the music, with Herbie Hancock—who won an Oscar for his 1986 score for the film ’Round Midnight—helping to supervise the soundtrack.” – Downbeat Magazine
Cheadle went on to say of the soundtrack, “You know, hopefully it will be not just a release of his music. Herbie Hancock is kind of godfathering the whole thing and we’re running all of this by him. This soundtrack hopefully could be more than just a soundtrack of music from the movie; it can be music that’s been inspired by the pieces we select. It’s about trying to bring it forward and not just chronicle what has passed before”
“When asked if he would be playing trumpet in the movie he replied, “No. I’m not going to be, we’re going to be using Miles Davis playing. [Laughs] We’re not going to do a movie with the rights to his music and not have him playing. We’re going to use his recordings. I’ve learned how to play. There will be elements of me playing the movie but when it comes to the pieces that are Miles Davis playing, it will be Miles Davis.”
It’s noted that Don Cheadle plays Saxaphone, and says he only attempted to learn this instrument for the movie.. “The trumpet is a very unforgiving instrument. If you don’t play it every day, its, it fights back. It hasn’t been, I’d say, until the last year that I’ve been playing consistently.Cheadle admits he doesn’t play daily, “Well, I have a day job. For some time, for some amount every day. Sometimes it can be for hours, and sometimes it’s 10 minutes. But I touch it every day.” The project is crowd funded for the most part. There’s still time to donate to the project.
I’m sure fans are excited about this film as it offers a glance into the life of one of the most talented artists this world has ever seen. Check out the videos below regarding the project. Enjoy!