“Music has always been like a curse with me. It’s the first thing in my life. Go to bed thinking about it; wake up thinking about it.”
These are words* from master trumpeter Miles Davis that can be heard in the new trailer for Stanley Nelson’s upcoming documentary “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.” Fans will get the chance to see and hear more about Davis’ life and genius on the big screen when the film begins its theatrical run on August 23 in New York City. It will hit theaters in Los Angeles on August 30 and will spread to additional cities in September.
The highly anticipated film–which director Nelson premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2019–tells the story of the man behind the horn with never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes and rare photos.
“The story of Miles Davis—who he was as a man and artist—has often been told as the tale of a drug-addled genius,” Nelson says in a press release.“You rarely see a portrait of a man that worked hard at honing his craft, a man who deeply studied all forms of music, from Baroque to classical Indian. An elegant man who could render ballads with such tenderness yet hold rage in his heart from the racism he faced throughout his life.”
Nelson received full access to the Miles Davis Estate for the film, which also includes interviews with Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter. The documentary was produced in collaboration with Firelight Films, Eagle Rock Films and American Masters Pictures Production.
*Post has been updated to reflect that the voice in the beginning is that of an actor rather than Davis himself.