Miles on Monday: Wayne Shorter speaks out, Amandla turns 26, and more


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This week for “Miles on Monday," some recent news items related to the legendary trumpeter:

In a new interview with Billboard magazine, saxophonist Wayne Shorter (pictured) discusses topics including his relationship with Davis as a member of the trumpeter's “second great quintet."

With the 89th anniversary of Davis' birth coming up next Tuesday, saxophonist Gary Bartz and drummer Al Foster—both ex-sidemen of Davis'—will join trumpeter Eddie Henderson for a series of tribute gigs this weekend at the NYC club Smoke.

Visual artists opening a new exhibit in London, citing the influence of Davis' album of the same name, have titled their show “In a Silent Way."

Today is the 26th anniversary of the release of Davis' album Amandla, his third and final recording with bassist/composer Marcus Miller serving as producer. (The others were Tutu in 1986 and the soundtrack to the film Siesta, issued in 1987.) Amandla also features some keyboard work from the late George Duke and a very young Joey DeFrancesco, who had just turned 18 years old when the record came out.

You can listen to all the tracks from the album by clicking on the embedded YouTube playlist below.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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