Sunday Jazz

“So What”, by Miles Davis, originally released in 1959 on the studio album , Kind of Blue

The album features Davis’ ensemble sextet consisting of saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, with former band pianist Bill Evans appearing on most of the tracks in place of Kelly.

You can listen to the whole album here

Enjoy, Jack


46 thoughts on “Sunday Jazz”

  1. jack, thanks, good choice.  wiki has a lot of praise for that album too:

    Kind of Blue has been regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz record, Davis’s masterpiece, and one of the best albums of all time. Its influence on music, including jazz, rock, and classical genres, has led writers to also deem it one of the most influential albums ever recorded. The album was one of fifty recordings chosen in 2002 by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry, and in 2003 it was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

    Though precise figures have been disputed, Kind of Blue is often cited as the best-selling jazz record of all time. In 2008, it was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of at least four million copies.


  2. Jack

    Thank you.  Miles Davis is a wonderful choice for Sunday.


    Thank you for the background.  I just put this album in my collection.  


  3. among other notable jazz blues artists (but seemingly only remembered for pop ballads) were ray Charles, peggy lee and as wiki reports 

    …Nat King Cole, was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. His trio was the model for small jazz ensembles that followed. Cole also acted in films and on television and performed on Broadway. He was the first African American man to host an American television series.


    Earlier on, Cole’s shift to traditional pop led some jazz critics and fans to accuse him of selling out, but he never abandoned his jazz roots; as late as 1956 he recorded an all-jazz album, After Midnight, and many of his albums after this are fundamentally jazz-based, being scored for big band without strings, although the arrangements focus primarily on the vocal rather than instrumental leads.

  4. Xrep……Yes, Thag Simmons…..knocked into eternity by a flailing Thagomizer.
    But that cat could wail.

  5. Nobody could wail like Miles.
    Sure he got old and weird, but we all got problems, eh?
    But even when he was weird, he still could wail.
    And he wrote a pretty good book about his life….don’t know any ghostwriter details but it’s a ripping good yarn, and also, as it happens, is the Book of the Month this August.  I give the book 3 thumbs up.

  6. It’s called MILES and shows him on the cover shot holding a trumpet and giving full-on Side-Eye to the camera.
    ghostwriter Quincy Troupe.

  7. I always watched the Nat King Cole show on TV and loved it.

    Today WaPo has an article about campaigning in poetry.   

    Which of the candidates is doing most for poetry.  Right now I think Beto & Booker.  Definitely not Biden or Castro.

    Harris, Warren, and Klobuchar are in the prose category.  Do women tend to be more factual than “inspiring”.  




  8. perfect pick for a Sunday morning – I need a bloody mary and access to a NYTIMES (printed)  neither of which I am going to get.

  9. So SFB is suggesting the Clinton’s had Epstein killed and yet who had more access and more reason and more to lose?

  10. Miles – who needs to say more?  That ’59 combo is out of this world.
    Biden – gaffe prone – OK, I’ll take that over the lying orange clown any day and three times on Sunday.  And Warren needs to increase her share of the votes out there by 70% over where she stands now if she wants to catch Joe.  I like her, but that’s a tall order, even for a Harvard professor. (but to be fair, she’s increased her share of the vote according to the polls by 50% since June 29 – which is no mean feat).

    KC, re: your Epstein-SFB question, HMMMM? Oh, wait, I know the answer – SFB (of course).

  11. “SFB is suggesting the Clinton’s had Epstein killed and yet who had more access and more reason and more to lose”

    KGC,  his accusations are (as they say in poker) a tell.   he shouts “liar” when it’s his pants on fire.  calling others crooked, stupid, failing or at fault is his way of shifting blame by distraction from his own criminality, stupidity and failure…  blatant subconscious confessions

  12. renee, can and will the NH legislature override the veto ?

    the hill:

    New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) vetoed bipartisan legislation that would have created an independent commission to draw the state’s legislative, congressional and Executive Council district maps following the 2020 elections. 


    State Rep. Marjorie Smith (D), who worked with the nonpartisan Brennan Center to create the proposal, denounced Sununu’s veto, saying that the GOP governor should be “ashamed” of himself. 

    “Only the House minority leader and Governor Sununu worked to keep their party’s best interest above the best interest of Granite Staters. Today the governor chose to ignore the bipartisan action of the Legislature and deny voters the right to choose whom they would like to vote for, and he should be ashamed of himself for doing so,” Smith said, The Union Leader reported. 

    Smith told the newspaper that the New Hampshire legislature would have become the first state in the U.S. to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission had Sununu signed the proposal into law. Voter referendums led to the independent commissions in eight other states. 


  13. KGC, It was SFB who said in an interview that we kill kill people, too and don’t kid yourself, or something like that.  VERY fishy!

  14. Roh-roh Joe strikes again.  The problem with this gaffe not is not the mixing up words or using the wrong words.  He has time shifted.  Something my mother started to do when she was eighty.  Often thinking I was on family vacations long after I had left home and was no where near the family.  It makes me very uncomfortable to have Biden running for office. 

  15. given the guy’s (shall we say) peculiarities, perhaps it was autoerotic asphyxiation 

    e.g. david carradine style?

  16. Obviously Hillary did it, along with babbs and poppy bush, jimmy hoffa, Judge Crater and Ambrose Bierce. 

  17. Mr Lardass Liberal wasn’t the only Miles Davis fanatic on this trail. One of my favorite purchases of all times was my beloved Quiet Nights album. The critics panned it, but when I took a sample listen in the music store, it was as if the scales fell from my ears. It was as if I’d heard through the headset darkly, and then face to brass !
    The title piece and Wait ’til You See Her are utterly exquisite. 

  18. uh oh, buckle your seat belts

    the hill:  Muslims, Israeli police clash at holy site in Jerusalem

    Clashes at a Jerusalem holy site Sunday injured at least 14 Muslim worshippers and four Israeli police officers, according to the Associated Press.

    The unrest began during prayers for the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha at the site, called the Al-Aqsa mosque compound by Muslims and the Temple Mount by Jews, according to the AP. Sunday was also the Ninth of Av in Judaism, which marks the biblical destruction of the two temples that once stood on the site.

    A large number of Palestinians gathered at the gates of the compound in response to rumors Jewish worshippers would be allowed in and threw stones at police, then Israeli officers charged the compound with rubber bullets and stun grenades, after which they allowed Jews to enter.

    The decision to allow Jewish worshippers to enter was reached “with the backing of the top political officials,” Jerusalem District police commander Doron Yedid told Israeli media, according to the AP.

    A longstanding agreement between Israeli and Palestinian officials bars Jews from praying at the compound, and Jewish religious tradition cautions against entering it, but Israeli nationalists have increasingly challenged the arrangement in recent years.

    While Israel has long maintained that it has no plans to alter the agreement, Palestinians frequently raise concerns about the possibility of such a move, which they worry could come as a prelude to the Israeli government partitioning the site or taking it over, according to the AP. The site is the holiest in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam.

    Senior Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Hanan Ashrawi accused Israel of “fueling religious tensions in Jerusalem” and said they were “fully responsible for its grave consequences,” according to the news outlet.

    Israeli-Palestinian tensions in Jerusalem have been particularly high since 2017, when President Trump announced the U.S. would recognize the city as the Israeli capital and announced the transfer of the U.S. embassy there.

    The clashes came the same day that Israeli troops killed a Palestinian man they said opened fire on them across the perimeter fence around the Gaza Strip, according to the AP. The Palestinian Health Ministry has identified the man as Marwan Nasser.

  19. …not lookin’ for a new guitar, am spoken for.

    ‘39 Gibson is that bird’s-eye maple Jerry’s holding up there- his last known guitar played!

  20. Yep I had several from 56 to 73 but then got the tele and that one’s stuck it out.  
    Im not really familiar with vintagers….

  21. That’s a go-jus Gibson. Those are high on my list of prettiest arch tops ever built. 
    I’d much rather have a president who occasionally puts his foot in his mouth than one who always has his head up his ass if that’s what the choice boils down to. I’ll be delighted if anyone other than joe wins the Dem nomination if AND ONLY IF she can beat SFB in November a year or so down the road.

  22. I’d say that’s the same guitar as the one in the fretted Americana link. Hard to tell on a phone but looks like a clear maple top and birds eye sides and back, but I can’t see the back of Jerry’s however it looks like the sides are birds eye. Regardless, both are beautiful instruments. 

  23. Jamie, max boot in his wapo op ed today brought us up to date on the assessment:

    President Trump projects so much that it’s a wonder he hasn’t gotten a job in a movie theater. At 6:44 p.m. on Saturday, about the time that normal people are getting ready for dinner, he tweeted: “Joe Biden just said, ‘We believe in facts, not truth.’ Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president? We are ‘playing’ in a very big and complicated world. Joe doesn’t have a clue!”


    Is this really the debate that Trump wants to have? Does he really want to have an argument about who is “mentally fit to be president” and who has a “clue” about what’s happening in the world? Because his own utterances of the past few days have confirmed what everyone who hasn’t joined his cult already knows: He is both unfit to be president and utterly clueless.



    So Epstein died in the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons, which reports to Trump’s own attorney general, but it was the Clintons who were responsible? This is a reminder of all the other deranged theories Trump has promoted over the years, from claiming that Barack Obama forged his birth certificate to suggesting that Ted Cruz’s father helped kill John F. Kennedy. None of it, of course, make the slightest bit of sense. If the Clintons are so powerful as to slay their enemies, why weren’t they powerful enough to change 80,000 votes and defeat Trump in 2016?


    To show how clueless Trump is, on Wednesday and Thursday he said he was thinking of pardoning former Illinois governor (and former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant) Rod Blagojevich, who is in prison on corruption charges. Trump claimed that Blagojevich was “treated unbelievably unfairly” by “the same gang, the Comey gang and all these sleazebags that did it.” Of course, as the Associated Press pointed out, James B. Comey “wasn’t in the FBI or anywhere in the Department of Justice during the investigation and indictment of Blagojevich. During that period, he was a vice president and general counsel at Lockheed Martin Corp.” But, hey, if the Clintons could cause someone’s death in a federal prison, why couldn’t Comey frame Blagojevich while in private practice?


    Imagine what Trump would say about Biden’s mental fitness if the former vice president were promoting bonkers conspiracy theories like these? Or if he were saying half the things that Trump said at two Hamptons fundraisers Friday? According to the New York Post, owned by Trump’s confidant Rupert Murdoch, the president “made fun of US allies South Korea, Japan and the European Union — mimicking Japanese and Korean accents — and talked about his love of dictators Kim Jong Un and the current ruler of Saudi Arabia.” Trump was particularly effusive about Kim, reportedly saying, “I just got a beautiful letter from him this week. We are friends. People say he only smiles when he sees me.”


    Biden is notorious for his malapropisms and mistakes, but he has never in his whole life said anything half as batty as what Trump has said just in the past few days. If we are judging presidential candidates on their mental fitness, Trump will be told by the voters: You’re fired! In fact, if Republicans were not in the tank, we would not have to wait until November 2020 to get rid of him. For the safety of the country and the world, Trump should be removed immediately by impeachment or the 25th Amendment.

  24. I was driving around Grand Rapids today when I approached a group of  about 10-15 people standing near an intersection in front of the Meijer store near Kalamazoo Avenue. My first thought was, “Are they on strike? What are they protesting?” Then I got closer and I saw one of their signs. It read: Bernie Sanders 2020! They were stumping for Bernie Sanders.

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