Director Stanley Nelson explores never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes and rare photos to unpack the life of one of the greatest influences in the history of jazz and beyond.
The central theme of Miles Davis's life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms, it made him a star. For the people who loved him most, it also made him incredibly difficult to live with. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again.
An innovator in music, from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ’n’ roll, and even hip-hop, Davis’ bold disregard for tradition, clarity of vision, relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners.
This film is showing as part of Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2020. Please note: due to scheduling conflicts, this screening will now start at 14:30 and not 14:00 as stated in festival brochure.