There have been a number of clicks on a post I did a couple of years ago on a note for note presentation of Miles Davis’s “So What.” It was interesting to watch the instrumental come to live on sheet music, but I realized I haven’t spent any time watching videos of Miles Davis performing.
So, the above video is a live performance for television, no audience other than technicians and the studio orchestra, from April 2, 1959. I was three years old at the time so I wouldn’t have understood it. The music’s pretty complicated. Miles on trumpet. Coltrane on sax. But now that I’m older I know the word that best describes what I’m hearing.
Not “cool” in the way it’s used today, when a 5-year-old says it as he pulls a toy out of his McDonald’s Happy Meal.
It’s just “cool” in that 1950s, smoke-filled room, beatnik with sunglasses and beret sense of the word.
I wish I could be cool like that.
- Don Cheadle To Play Miles Davis In ‘Kill The Trumpet Player’ Gangster Jazz Film (contactmusic.com)
- Don Cheadle Playing Miles Davis In ‘Kill The Trumpet Player’ Biopic (huffingtonpost.com)
- Cheadle to play Miles Davis in long planned biopic (thegrio.com)