The Dark Magus Wants YOU!

 

Fan-sourced anthology
powered by the Facebook “Like” buttons. Miles Davis’ label also announces first
installment in a new “Bootleg Series” archival project.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

On August 1 Sony-Legacy launched “The Miles Davis Fan
Project,” an online initiative designed to introduce the music of the American
jazz composer-trumpeter-bandleader to a digital audience via Facebook (www.facebook.com/MilesDavis) and
the late legend’s website (www.milesdavis.com). Throughout the month
Legacy has featured 40 classic Miles Davis tracks — representing multiple
aspects and phases of the iconic Davis
canon from the post-bop cool of Kind of Blue through the ferocious
fusion of Bitches Brew to the meditative Möbius cosmos of In a Silent
Way
—  via SoundCloud and powered by RootMusic’s BandPage
application.  The tracks feature an active “Like” button which
prompts fans to ‘vote’.  By mid-August, more than twenty thousand
“Likes” had been cast on Facebook with some songs grabbing more than
twenty-five hundred “Likes.” 

 

The ten recordings accruing the Most “Likes” from
fans online will be assembled for Blue Flame, a fan-christened
digital-only album to be released on September 26, in time for the 20th anniversary of Davis’s
death on Sept. 28, 1991. (The album title was suggested by Jennifer Sammons of L.A., who noted, “I
was introduced to Miles Davis’ music by my Dad (D. J.) who was a huge fan. I
became further intrigued with Miles after seeing the actor Michael Wright portraying
him!  Upon reading Miles’ bio, I realized that listening
to his music is like taking an amazing journey through this musical
genius’ incredible life that began with that mystical magical ‘blue
flame’!”)

 

In addition to A&R-ing the tracklist for “The Miles
Davis Fan Project” album, online fans are being invited to name the album,
create the art, and describe what Miles and his music means to them in personal
testimonials to be featured in a digital booklet coming with the online
release. The final tracklisting, sequencing and artwork for Blue Flame will be revealed on September 26.

 

Meanwhile, on September 20, Legacy will release Miles
Davis Quintet – Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol.1
,
the first offering in a series of rare and previously unreleased live
recordings from around the world from the legendary artist.

 

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