Miles Davis – 1957, When Cool Became The New Hot

Posted: February 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

  1. Galen Bergsten says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of playing all of these in various jazz bands, which always seemed enjoyable at the time, though I never listened to the originals. There’s something so magnificently lively about Davis and his playing that really can’t be reproduced in the very effort of reproduction. It never dawned on me until this moment, but perhaps the very idea of a “school jazz band,” playing the classics of others arranged by someone at a desk job, defeats the very purpose of jazz? I mean, here we are playing notes on a page attempting to transcribe music that was played in the exact opposite fashion, with no pages or really notes. Just chords and jazz progressions. In this sense, I suppose it wouldn’t be too harmful to describe jazz sheet music as the epitome of kitsch? A musical medium trying to convey something not local to that medium and pretending to be something it’s not. I don’t think jazz was ever meant to be written down, even if it is in a different language than traditional music. I wonder what Davis would have said if he could (quite literally) see his music now.

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