All that jazz makes for a great story

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Protegee. Pioneer. Heroin addict. That there were many shades to musician Miles Davis’ life is a given.

But what’s not, is that a memorable life lived means a memorable biopic made.

Happily then, Hotel Rwanda and Boogie Nights actor Don Cheadle does a sterling job - or numerous jobs - as the co-writer, leading man and co-producer in Miles Ahead, his directorial debut about the late jazz trumpeter’s 65 years.

Like Davis’ music and the mythology surrounding him, Miles Ahead follows its own rules, swerving the standard cradle-to-grave structure and instead offering up an elegant snapshot of Davis’ life in the late Seventies.

Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Michael Stuhlbarg co star.