Don Cheadle’s crowdfunded Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead is set to debut this weekend at the New York Film Festival — but you can watch the first clip from the film now.
The excerpt below shows Davis in the studio with frequent collaborator Gil Evans (played by Jeffrey Grover), as they refine their big band arrangement of the Gershwin classic Porgy & Bess. The short clip showcases both Cheadle’s Davis voice (so characteristic that just about everyone who crossed paths with him will offer up a rendition) and his trumpet playing. Cheadle learned the instrument before taking on the role.
Watch them work together on “Gone,” and listen to the original recording, below.
See Gil Evans and Miles Davis onstage together in this clip from 1959, where they’re performing “New Rhumba” off Miles Ahead.