Sunday, December 21, 2008

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Miles Davis Quintet, 1959



On April 2, 1959, the Miles Davis Quintet played their classic composition "So What" in CBS studios, New York, for a show, "The Sound of Miles Davis," broadcast on July 21, 1960. Personnel included Miles Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor sax, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. This all-star lineup is especially notable for bringing together two jazz giants, Davis and Coltrane, at the height of their powers. "So What" is one of the tracks on Miles Davis's "Kind Of Blue," notable for its cool sound and its status as the best-selling jazz album of all time.

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