Miles Davis: Cool Jazz Sound Reviews
July 19, 2010
Seems like this came from a TV special. A gem of a recording of the Miles Davis Sextet. As Paul Chambers lays out the opening lines of "So What," the camera pans in on Miles, who's obviously in charge of the entire show. When he casually tosses the lead to John Coltrane, we see Miles smoking a cigarette in a nonchalant manner. As he takes the lead back from Wynton Kelly's piano, we see the pose immortalized in shadow on millions of discs. A full ensemble gathers for a trio of "The Duke," "New Rhumba" and "Blues for Pablo" off the album "Miles Ahead." We don't get a great shot of Julian "Cannonball" Adderly on alto. However, Jimmy Cobb gets plenty of face time on the drums. Gil Evans even gets in on the action.