Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Miles Davis - So What

Incredible youtube of Miles Davis Quintet performing So What. John Coltrane with an unbelievable tenor sax solo, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Classic. Jazz. Beautiful.


Parker said...

Miles - Jazz at its best.

This is a great song and very well mastered. You have a great ear and your knowledge is very thorough in the genre.

Well, this post may cause some to go over the edge, Crighton. Two posts in one hour. You are on a roll. The fact that they both happen to be about jazz - well, two thumbs up.

Kimala said...

I love Miles ;)

And.. I am with Parker. You with 2 posts in one day... is that a sign of end times? eeeeeekkkk!

bigd Flanagan said...

Jazz.....I just don't get it. Sure it sounds nice but it doesn't get a hook in me. Maybe thats how we define music that is important to us as individuals? Maybe thats what what makes music meaningful to us and our lives. Dunno.....

Crighton Johin said...

I like chocolate, but maybe you don't. That's the very simple way of looking at this, bigd. We all have individual tastes, and they are neither right or wrong, unless you like Brittany Spears or Beyonce. That's just wrong. ;-)

I'm surprised though, as I know you love a good jam. Jazz took a long time to incubate in me, but once I found....or I should say, blues found me, I was hooked on jazz, too. I started off listening to Sypro Gyra and Sanborn and Steely Dan's jazzy records, which I had been familiar with for a long time. Then one day, I picked up a record by some new trumpet player kid who everyone was raving about named Wynton Marsalis....he was 19 at the time. I was shocked when I listened for two reasons: One was that it was acoustic, old style jazz and the other was that as hard as it was to listen to (since I was not used to it) that something inside me heard it. I was amazed by the virtuosity...stunned even.

I played it for my friends who turned me on to the fusion type jazz and they could not relate at all. But, from that moment on, I knew that I would have to learn more. Down the road came Miles and Coltrane and the rest.

Wynton says that jazz does not come to you, you have to go to it. And not all of us want to go there, and that's fine. Any serious art is like that, and I include really good blues, classical and rock in that genre. Jimi baffled more than a few in his heyday, huh?