On This Day: September 28, 1991 musician Miles Davis died in Santa Monica, California. In 2009, 'We Want Miles' opened at the Cité de la Musique in Paris (later traveling to Montreal and Brazil). This multimedia retrospective included numerous rare items like the photograph featured above of Miles Davis as a child, along with his sister Dorothy Mae, his brother Vernon and his mother Cleota Henry Davis (Mama Cleo).
The legendary musician was also a visual artist. Davis started painting in the early 1980’s as a way to keep his “mind occupied with something when he was not playing music.” Throughout the 1980s, he studied regularly with New York based artist Jo Gelbard. Thirty five pieces of Davis’ work recently exhibited in, 'Miles Davis: The Art of Cool', at the Napa Valley Museum. The exhibit was inspired by 'Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork,' (releasing on Oct 15, 2013).
One of my favorite Miles Davis songs is 'Blue In Green' from his album Kind of Blue (1959). Listen to the original and for an alternative take, check Hocus Pocus’73 touches (which samples this song). Hocus Pocus' sound is a mix of hip hop with live instrumentation influenced by jazz, soul & funk music.