The Definitive Miles Davis - Ovation TV Premiere
July 14, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.
The other night I was flipping throught the digital TV guide, and I ran across the Ovation channel. They were premiering a 3-hour Miles Davis documentary. Needless to say, I was psyched. I mean, I love watching all of the older documentaries, but to see something brand new about jazz, Miles, or whatever really got me excited. I realized that I did not have Ovation (though I have enjoyed their programming on many other people's televisions, lol). But when I saw the rest of the line up for the night, I was moved to pick up my phone, call my cable provider and order the channel finally. I mean they were showing a John Coltrane profile, followed by a Monk profile, and at 1AM they were going to show Straight No Chaser. I mean, c'mon!
Anyway, the documentary was very cool. I mean, I will say that for 3 hours, they didn't really master the transitions of Miles' musical career that well, but there was some cool footage, especially of later years. It also delved quite a bit into his work as a visual artist. I was happy about that, because that's an era of Miles' life I was not as well-versed on.
It re-aired on Saturday, and I have a feeling they are going to be airing it quite a lot this month. Along with all of the other great jazz and non-jazz musical programming they are doing, I highly recommend giving this channel a once-over. You're definitely going to find something you like.
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