Miles Davis: So What (1964 version)
Miles Davis (trumpet)
Four & More (Sony 4529)
Composed by Miles Davis.
Recorded: New York, February 12, 1964
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Miles Davis, artwork by Michael Symonds
In 1963, Miles Davis reinvigorated himself by forming a new quintet with younger, energetic, progressive-minded musicians. They stretched the boundaries of hard bop with harmonic and rhythmic adventures, yet maintained a ferocious sense of swing. With his new rhythm section—especially drummer Tony Williams—lighting a fire beneath him, Davis responds with fierce and blazing intensity of his own. His solo on this live version of “So What” is filled with sudden screams into the high register, snaking lines and deceptive starts and stops. Davis confronts and conquers his own limitations, and his playing is volatile and thrilling.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic