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    Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:33:51

    Two Upcoming Miles Davis Inspired LPs Coming This Spring, Tribute Album Features Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder and A Host Of All-Stars -

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    Miles Davis fans rejoice. The jazz legend is being toasted with a pair of new releases curated by Grammy winning pianist Robert Glasper. The first one's called Everything's Beautiful; it's a tribute album, and a star-studded affair at that, boasting a creative lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Mvula, Bilal, KING, John Scofield and more.

    It's due out May 27th, which happens to be the day after Miles Davis's birthday (90 years in spirit). Glasper and Bilal premiered the project's first single on Wednesday's edition of Apple Music's Beats 1. It's an ultra smooth R&B track that builds on a sample from Davis' "The Ghetto Walk," a song recorded during the heady sessions that produced 1969's In a Silent Way.

    Here's Glasper on Everything's Beautiful in Rolling Stone: "I wanted to do something where we can take some of Miles' ideas, shake them up, and try to show the influence of Miles and make new things. And that's the beauty of this whole album. The whole project is based on Miles, but it is based on Miles' vision, it's based on Miles' trumpet, it's based on Miles' voice, it's based on Miles' composition, it's based on Miles' influence, it's based on Miles' swag."

    The second album is the soundtrack for the upcoming Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle, who also co-wrote and directed the film which premieres April 1st. The soundtrack combines equal parts classic Davis tracks and Davis-inspired new recordings. Glasper heads the new music, which features collaborations between Gary Clark Jr., Herbie Hancock, Keyon Harrold, Pharoahe Monch, Esperanza Spaulding, and more.

    The soundtrack will be released April 1st. Cheadle writes in the album's liner notes, "We culled the library for every style Miles touched ... looking for cues to bridge key moments, bring others into focus. The stuff a good score is supposed to do. Miles made it easier. His music is multi-faceted and score friendly," Rolling Stone reports.

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    03.11.16

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