Low tones of the piano open up “So What” by Miles Davis on his 1959 Kind Of Blue. Of course the famous trumpet enters a few stanzas later declaring its shine. I was actually in the band until my high school years, playing the clarinet. I mentioned this because a lot of the times I would assume the apparent instrument being played is a saxophone or another woodwind instrument. I cheated to find out that it was the trumpet which makes perfect sense because what else would Mr. Davis be caught playing? But do not be fooled he did use his partners great mind’s like John Coltrane, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Bill Evans and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. Having all these great musicians contributing to this album let alone song, gave the audience a world wind of tones.
This song does not do too much for me personally. Although I love jazz for its serenity it gives me often, this song just reminds me of all the rest. I understand it is not because each does have its own personality but for some reason my attitude is like so what. I find that incredibly spooky that the name of the song is entitled “So What” and I feel so what about that, like what is the purpose? This is what Miles Davis had to be purposely doing to his audience. Listening I feel in the beginning of the 9 minute song the instruments are literally saying “So What” then they do a dance, that finishes and it picks up again as the track ends. I did try and do research on the album to find out why this is even the opening to the album itself but was not successful.
“So What” by Miles Davis is upbeat, listening to it as the first track on the album Kind Of Blue put me in a mood where I want to dance. I think that is a good way to introduce a new album with and energetic tune. The audience wants to be surprised, for me when I first heard the beginning of this song I was not too sure what to expect, then a little twist from the dreariness. Hearing it play right now it is like I have a smirk on my face, bopping, saying “So What”. I rate this song a 5, still is a great piece and a story could be told.