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Miles Ahead 

Wednesday, Apr 6 2016

Don Cheadle's non-linear Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead kicks off with a piece from the album Agharta, which is not only Davis' best live recording but one of the best live recordings by anybody. It's a shrewd move — both because it's so great, and because the chaotic nature of the performance echoes the film that follows. Having withdrawn from the public eye in the mid-1970s not long after Agharta was recorded, coke-fiend Davis (director Cheadle) is hounded by a shaggy Rolling Stone reporter (Ewan McGregor) as well as a record company man (Michael Stuhlbarg) determined to acquire Davis' latest recording. Davis also flashes back to less hectic times, particularly his relationship with his former wife and muse Frances (Emayatzy Corinealdi), whom he treated as well as musicians ever seemed to treat their wives back in the day. Cheadle is a delight to watch, and by and large, Miles Ahead can be described as his Miles Davis fan fiction: We're not necessarily meant to believe that much of what's happening in the present day is historical truth — what with the car chases and shootouts — but the net result also feels closer to who the real man might have been than the stultifying I Saw the Light got to Hank Williams. The music's better, too./p>


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