Miles Davis – The Sorcerer at 90 J@LC Tribute

The past glows brightly for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wynton Marsalis and his enterprising outfit have built a global brand on the power of inspired repertory, and be it Ellington, Monk or Mingus, each time they tip the hat to an icon, the music’s history is refracted by the present’s imagination. This week they again salute royalty with ‘Miles Davis: The Sorcerer at 90,’ and it seems especially intriguing; save Gil Evans’ large ensemble collabos, the trumpeter is usually associated with comparatively smaller groups. This time ‘round drummer Ali Jackson and trumpeter Marcus Printup have their hand on the curatorial tiller as well – more perspectives mean a better mix. From Birth of the Cool to Miles In the Sky, classic material will be rearranged, and it’s wise to expect beauty – whether arcing in a fanfare or sauntering through a whisper, radiance is one of Team Wynton’s calling cards. If you need yet another option, Keyon Harrold, the skilled horn man who brought the trumpet lines to Don Cheadle’s buzzed-about Davis film, spends the weekend saluting The Dark Prince in a different way down the corridor at Dizzy’s.

These shows are part of J@LC’s Miles & ‘Trane Festival, which finds Joe Lovano and guests investigating John Coltrane’s spiritual music this weekend as well.

Village Voice

 

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