Milton bestowed Satan with the title of Prince of Darkness, but the name would be applied quite differently to someone else. Legendary jazz musician Miles Davis also went by the moniker, but not because he was intent on stealing souls, but reportedly because of his mysterious persona and dark sense of humour.
Now the Australian Art Orchestra is paying tribute to the man with a return to its jazz roots with a performance inspired by the legendary trumpeter, composer and bandleader. A revered innovator, Davis is synonymous with jazz, having been at the forefront of most major developments in the genre, if not the driving force behind them. Considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, from World War II to the 1990s he released seminal recordings such as ‘Bitches Brew’, ‘In A Silent Way’, and the lauded albums, ‘Porgy and Bess’ as well as ‘The Man with the Horn’.
Miles Davis: Prince of Darkness
explores Davis’ celebrated oeuvre through novel arrangements of his decisive works, a performance of the original Gil Evans arrangement of Sketches of Spain (Concierto de Aranjuez)
, featuring Phil Slater and a work commissioned from Anthony Pateras offering an insightful and inspired musing on how Miles Davis may have been composing were he with us today.
Sketches of Spain (Concierto de Aranjuez)
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or check out our Prince of Darkness review here