‘Miles Ahead’ Trailer Offers First Look At Film

Feb 3, 2016

Don Cheadle as Miles Davis
Credit Brian Douglas

The trailer for “Miles Ahead” hits all the high notes that director-star Don Cheadle told me about his Miles Davis movie before filming started in July 2014.

I can’t wait to see more, but I will. “Miles Ahead,” Cheadle’s directorial debut, is scheduled to arrive in theaters April 1.

--It’s not a “bio picture,” as many keep calling it.

Instead of trying to portray  the entire life of Davis, the iconic jazz trumpeter who died in `1999, “Miles Ahead” dramatizes a specific period in 1979.  That's when Davis was trying to recover a stolen unreleased recording with the help of Rolling Stone reporter Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor, “Star Wars”) at the end of his self-imposed five-year “silent period” out of the public eye.

--Miles Davis didn’t like the term “jazz.” He called his music “social music.”

--The story flashes back to Davis’s affair from 1956 to 1966 with Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi, Amazon’s “Hand of God).

The “Miles Ahead” trailer is just another step in the l-o-n-g, s-l-o-w publicity campaign leading up to a theatrical release April 1. “Miles Ahead” premiered in October at the New York Film Festival, was screened again at the Sundance Film Festival last month. 

Grammy- and Oscar-winner Herbie Hancock, who supervised the “Miles Ahead” music, recorded with Davis.