Sunday, March 1, 2009

So what



a friend pointed out it is fifty years tomorrow since the first three tracks of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue- So What, Freddie Freeloader, and Blue in Green- were recorded.. so in case anyone hasn't heard it I'd recommend giving So What a listen..

First the original, then the recent remake on the Miles from India album, with Louis Banks, Ron Carter, Ndugu Chancler, Chick Corea, Selva Ganesh, Sridhar Parthasarthy, and Taufiq Qureshi.

14 comments:

ejaydee said...

Can't do any harm can it?

Chris said...

I do love the original - and so much else he did - but I have an album of David Grisman and Jerry Garcia on which they play several versions of So What. This is a live version. It's faster and more simple than Miles but there's a nice groove and some impressive mandolin and guitar playin'. But crap video quality.

nilpferd said...

Nice version, Chris.
Reminds me to add the recent Miles from India version, on podbean, as well as Ronny Jordan's acid jazz classic, here-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JrVGWmwGjQ
BTW, how did you get the URL embedded in your comment above?

Chris said...

@nilpferd: I use a Guardian comment box and then copy the results back here. It's easier than trying to do the HTML.
And speaking of results: commiserations.... The boys done good.

nilpferd said...

Thanks- can't complain at the result, and I suppose if it gives them a bit of a kick for the relegation run-in, it will have been worth it..

CaroleBristol said...

It's a great album. One of the must haves, I think.

I am not a massive jazz fan, probably own less than 50 jazz CDs, but I do like Miles.

Liked the Grisman/Garcia too. Thanks Chris.

Chris said...

I like the India version - it certainly lends itself to the percussion thing. I'm not 100% sure that the straight beat in the Ronny Jordan works, though.
But it is a malleable tune, isn't it?

I'm resisting (unsuccessfully, obviously) the temptation to note that it is forty years and a couple of days since the most 'perfect' version of Dark Star was performed by the Grateful Dead. Must be the advent of spring that grows good vibes...

nilpferd said...

I'd agree with you about the Ronny Jordan, it works best in a club, but it is a fairly disposable thing. Still, at the time it helped reignite interest in jazz, so I have a fond spot for the acid jazz stuff.

steenbeck said...

Oh, I like the Miles From India version. Thanks, Nilpferd.

Off topic, but where's McFlah? Seems like a while since we heard from him.

nilpferd said...

No idea- didn't he promise us a peek at his finished music video from a while back?

I know- we'll lure him back..

(leaves generous dram of whisky next to decoy signed 12" misprint photo single- Call me Al with Toto's Africa as B-side- and retires to wait Mr. Mcflah's certain and imminent arrival)

nilpferd said...

(some time later. No-show from Mcflah. The whisky has evaporated. Nilpferd staggers into bed)

steenbeck said...

I know I promised not to fret when people disappeared from the 'Spill for a while, but I just have to say that last time Blimpy went missing he came back with the sensational first 'Spill podcast. So this time it better be a videocast, or something equally spectacular.

DarceysDad said...

I really can't be bothered looking for it now (it IS three in the morning, and I've got to be up again in 3 hrs), but somewhere Blimpy did warn us on here he'd be missing for a while.

Blimpy said...

hi guys,

thanks for the concern - i'm fine. i guess it has been about a month since i posted on t'spill. i've been very very busy of late.

blimpy

xxx