Apr 1, 2020
On this episode, Kirk dives in to one of the most influential jazz recordings of all time. (For real this time.)
As the lead track on Miles Davis's landmark album Kind of Blue, "So What" signaled a new era in jazz harmony, composition, and improvisation. This episode will get into what that actually means, how the tune works, and why the seven musicians who played on Kind of Blue were each such a crucial part of the album's magic.
Artist: Miles Davis
Album: Kind of Blue (1959)
Written by: Miles Davis
The Strong Songs Kind of Blue Playlist
Kirk made a new playlist of the recordings discussed on this episode, in the hopes that it would give a sense of how the seven musicians on Kind of Blue went on to make all kinds of great music as bandleaders. It's in chronological order, so don't put it on shuffle. Unless, you know, you want to.
OUTRO SOLOIST: BJ Cord
This episode's outro soloist is BJ Cord, a fantastic trumpet player based in Portland. BJ works at Monette trumpets making some of the most beautiful horns in the world, and is a regular presence on their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monettetrumpets
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APRIL 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
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APRIL 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
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