Cheadle portrays Davis in ‘Kill The Trumpet Player’
Don Cheadle’s movie ‘Kill The Trumpet Player’, the actor’s take on the “silent period” of jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, will co-star Ewan McGregor and Star Trek actor Zoe Saldana.
‘Kill the Trumpet Player’ will focus on “a few dangerous days in the life of Miles Davis, as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (McGregor) to steal back his music”, This presumably refers to the period after the 1975 Newport Jazz Festival, when Davis – a heroin addict during the early 50s – retired from the public eye and spiraled back into drug addiction, before making a hesitant return to recording and performing.
Davis died in 1991 at the age of 65. His 1959 album ‘Kind of Blue’ remains the best-selling jazz album of all time, and is credited as an early pioneer of the 40s “cool jazz” movement.
His later recordings helped invent jazz rock and fusion, while albums such as ‘Sketches of Spain’ and ‘In a Silent Way’ remain among the most critically-acclaimed jazz records of all time.
Another – more traditional – Davis film is being developed by George Tillman Jr., the director behind the Notorious B.I.G. biopic, ‘Notorious’.
Not familiar with Miles Davis, click below for a refresher:
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