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Don Cheadle directed himself as Miles Davis in this rollicking biopic—underseen in its 2015 release—that mashed up the key creative eras of Miles’ newly 50-year career into a self-referential brew of kinetic energy and urban legend. In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. A wily music reporter, Dave Braden forces his way into Davis’s house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions. While that plot element—not unlike some details in Miles’s autobiography—stretches history at best, Cheadle’s use of Miles’s wealth of creative output crossfades eras and biographical elements in a manner emblematic of his early 70s editing experimentations with producer Teo Macero. The result will appeal both to those studied in Miles Davis history as well as those just interested in getting a head full of Miles’s music and having a good time while they’re at it.

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