Stream Previously Unreleased Miles Davis Recording ‘Hail To The Real Chief’


A previously unreleased Miles Davis recording, “Hail To The Real Chief,” was released by Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings. The song is part of the Music From and Inspired by “Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” soundtrack album.

Stanley Nelson directed the 2019 documentary film, Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool. “Hail To The Real Chief” was constructed from unused recordings of Davis playing trumpet that were combined with music composed by Lenny White. Former members of Davis’ backing groups contributed to the track, including White, Vince Wilburn Jr., Marcus Miller, Emilio Modeste, Jeremy Pelt, Antoine Roney, John Scofield, Bernard Wright and Quinton Zoto. Featuring commentary from Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and others, the 28-track Music From and Inspired by “Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” will be released on February 21. Listen to “Hail To The Real Chief” below:


Music From and Inspired by “Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” Tracklist

  1. Commentary: Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath
  2. Milestones (1958)
  3. Commentary: Greg Tate
  4. Donna Lee (Charlie Parker with Miles Davis) (1947)
  5. Commentary: Ashley Kahn, Symphony Sid Introduction
  6. Moon Dreams (1949)
  7. Commentary: George Wein
  8. ‘Round Midnight (1957)
  9. Commentary: Carlos Santana
  10. It Never Entered My Mind (1959)
  11. Commentary: Vincent Bessieres
  12. Generique (1958)
  13. Commentary: Jimmy Cobb
  14. So What (1959)
  15. Commentary: Gil Evans
  16. New Rhumba (1957)
  17. Commentary: Frances Taylor Davis
  18. The Pan Piper (Alborada de Vigo) (1960)
  19. Commentary: Jack Chambers
  20. Someday My Prince Will Come (1961)
  21. Commentary: Wayne Shorter
  22. Footprints (1967)
  23. Commentary: Carlos Santana, Quincy Troupe
  24. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (45RPM Single Edit) (1970)
  25. Commentary: Marcus Miller
  26. Tutu (1986)
  27. Commentary: Erin Davis
  28. Hail To The Real Chief (Brand New Recording featuring unreleased Miles Davis performances; Produced by Lenny White & Vince Wilburn, Jr.)