Many have revisited Miles Davis’ jazz; few have recaptured his magic. As 1980s Davis collaborator Marcus Miller observed Wednesday night, the ever-evolving trumpeter never looked back, so contemporary interpreters better keep an ear to the present.
Three ensembles picked up the gauntlet at the Hollywood Bowl, where Davis staged his last public performance in August 1991, just one month before he died.
Toughest work: Performing the entire landmark “Kind of Blue” album — an appropriate task for drummer Jimmy Cobb’s “So What” Band, since Cobb is the 1959 sextet’s lone survivor.
A new “forever” postage stamp featuring Miles Davis in iconic cobra posture was unveiled before the show; its back will feature a QR code linking his music. Beloved rebels must be acknowledged, so if you can’t lick ’em, stick ’em.
Miles Davis’ nephew and drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr. performs with the Miles Electric Band at the Hollywood Bowl. (Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho)