March 10, 2016


Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder & More to Honor Miles Davis on Tribute Album

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A new Miles Davis biopic is slated to release on April 1. Called Miles Ahead, the film is the brainchild of Don Cheadle, who not only stars as the genius trumpeter, but earns writing and directing credits as well. While Miles Ahead does feature a soundtrack of original Davis songs, some contemporary jazz musicians wanted to present their own homage to the raspy-voiced legend instead.  

Enter jazz composer Robert Glasper, who enlisted the likes of Stevie Wonder and Erykah Badu to record a Davis tribute record. Called Everything’s Beautiful, the Glasper-orchestrated album will see the same 11 songs featured on the Miles Ahead soundtrack reimagined by an elite cadre of musicians.

Stereogum points out that Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Mvula, KING Bilal, Phonte and Illa J all feature on Everything is Beautiful, which will release on May 27. The soundtrack for Miles Ahead releases in tandem with the film on April 1. 

It's obvious that Glasper and company feel that re-releasing Davis' work in conjunction with the film is a redundant task: After all, the original Miles Ahead—a collaboration between Davis and arranger Gil Evans—was a studio album released in 1957. Even still, it's still undeniable that Don Cheadle looks like an incredible Miles Davis in the film. It's easy to get excited about.