Miles Davis

So What

Composed by Miles Davis

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Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue is of course one of the landmarks of modern music. More people have heard it than any other jazz record, and it’s five pieces are music are amongst the most ubiquitous in jazz. “So What” opens the album, and it’s arguably it’s most distinctive piece. With a long introduction from bassist Paul Chambers culminating in Davis’ quintessential modal, minimalist solo, “So What” has become something of a blue print for all modal jazz. Indeed, the track is so laid back, thanks mostly to Jimmy Cobb’s drumming, that it’s the very essence of “cool jazz”. The rhythmic style is very free, and although the structure is simple, it reveals new complexities and subtleties in each listen.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Milestones 1958 Hallmark 8:52
Kind of Blue 1959 Columbia / Legacy
Olympia 11 Octobre 1960, Pt. 2 1960 Trema 9:27
Miles Davis & Sonny Stitt 1960 Laserlight 9:27
In Person: Saturday Night at the Blackhawk 1961 SME US Latin LLC 12:41
Miles in Berlin 1965 Columbia 10:43
No Image 1965 CBS/Sony
Four & More 1966 Columbia / Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 9:10
Miles in Tokyo 1969 Columbia 8:07
Miles Davis' Greatest Hits 1969 BMG / Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music Entertainment 9:22
Miles Davis & John Coltrane 1976 Delta Music Ltd. / Laserlight
No Image 1982 CBS Records
No Image 1984 Columbia
No Image 1985 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia 9:05
No Image 1986 Tokei Japan/Instant Replay
Miles Davis: The Columbia Years 1955-1985 1988 Sony Music Distribution 12:02
Columbia Jazz Masterpiece Sampler, Vol. 1 1990
Various Artists
Columbia 9:05
The I Like Jazz: The Essence of Miles Davis 1991 Columbia 9:02
The Complete Concert: 1964 (My Funny Valentine & "Four More" 1992 Columbia 9:11
Live in Zurich 1993
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
Milestones/Kind of Blue 1994 Sony Music Distribution 9:30
In Stockholm, 1960: Complete 1995 Dragon
The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 1995 Columbia/Legacy 13:36
This Is Miles, Vol. 1 1995 TriStar Music 8:58
The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Vol. 1-5 1995
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 8:51
Highlights from the Plugged Nickel 1995 Jazz
This Is Jazz, Vol. 8: Miles Davis Acoustic 1996 Sony Music Distribution
Jazz Milestones 1998 DM Digital 9:23
Live [Laserlight] 1998 Columbia 11:59
Pleasantville [Original Soundtrack] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 9:04
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Olympia 20 Mars 1960, Pt. 1 1999 Trema 13:25
Essential Live in Stockholm, Vol. 1 2000 Disk Union
The Best of Ken Burns Jazz 2000
Various Artists
Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 9:23
Super Hits 2001 Sony Music Distribution 9:23
Milestones: New York/Berlin/Tokyo 2001 Jazzdoor 8:06
The Essential Miles Davis [Columbia/Legacy] 2001 Columbia / Legacy 9:22
Hot Summer Jazz 2001
Various Artists
XXL
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Legacy / Columbia 9:24
The Best of Miles Davis [Columbia/Legacy] 2002 Sony Music Distribution 9:25
In Person: Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete 2003 Essential Jazz Classics 12:14
Essential Jazz 2 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 9:18
Jazz Moods: Cool 2004 Columbia/Legacy 9:22
The Miles Davis Story/Kind of Blue [CD+DVD] 2004 Smv 9:25
Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964 2004 Sony Music Distribution
The Cool Jazz Sound [DVD] 2004 Efor Films
No Image 2005 Delta Distribution 13:29
The Collection [Madacy] 2005 Castle Music Ltd.
Poetics of Sound: 1954-1959 2005 DV&A / Sony BMG 9:23
Very Best of Miles Davis [Music Brokers] 2006 Music Brokers 10:49
Cool & Collected 2006 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 9:23
Live in Den Haag 2006 Lone Hill Jazz
Live at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival 2007 Concord / Monterey Jazz Festival Records 11:20
Cool: The Best of Miles Davis 2007 Music Club Records 9:23
Jazz Greats: Trilogy 2007
Various Artists
Music Brokers / Pmb 10:46
Discover Miles Davis 2007 Legacy 9:22
No Image 2008 Sony Music
No Image 2008 Must Have Records 9:25
No Image 2008 Columbia 9:24
Jazz Collectors, Vol. 2 [Music Brokers] 2009
Various Artists
Music Brokers 10:49
The Music of Miles Davis 2009 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music Distribution / Columbia/Legacy 9:22
101 Dinner Party Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Norton Jazz Recordings 2009
Various Artists
W.W. Norton 9:25
The Complete Columbia Album Collection 2010 Legacy / Sony Music Entertainment 9:22
1959: The Year That Jazz Changed 2010
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 9:24
Pink Floyd's Jukebox: The Songs That Inspired the Band 2010
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 9:25
Bleue / Une Sélection D’Enregistrements Columbia, Prestige & Fontana 2010 Disques Helena Records / XXI - 21 Records
Jazz Roots: The Music of the Americas 2011
Various Artists
Masterworks / Masterworks Jazz 9:24
No. 1 Jazz Album Ever 2011
Various Artists
Stardust Records 9:24
The  Real...Miles Davis: The Ultimate Miles Davis Collection 2011 Sony Music 9:25
Setlist: The Very Best of Miles Davis Live 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music Entertainment 10:35
The 100 Best Jazz Tunes of the 1950's 2011
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 9:24
Playlist: A Musical Journey Through Black Music 2012
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Entertainment 9:12
Twenty Classic Albums [Box Set] 2012 Ais / Real Gone Jazz / Real Gone Music
The  Roots of Drone 2012
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 9:26
In Person: Friday & Saturday Night at the Black Hawk 2012 Not Now Music
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 9:22
Music & Photos 2013 Columbia / Sony Music 9:22
Jazz Originals, Vol. 1 2013
Various Artists
Play 24-7 9:23
No Image 2013 Blue Playa Records 8:52
The Columbia Jazz Collection 2013
Various Artists
Columbia
No Image 2013 Jazz Elite S.P. 8:52
The Original Mono Recordings 2013 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 9:07
The Box Set Series 2014 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 9:24
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 9:22
At the Oriental Theatre 1966 2014 Sunburn 9:07
Greatest Ever Jazz Masterpieces 2014
Various Artists
Six On Six 9:24
Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975 - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 2015 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music 8:18
Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963 2015 Jambalaya
Miles Ahead [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2016 Columbia / Legacy 9:22
Essential Original Albums 2016 Masters of Music 9:27
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 9:23
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 9:23
No Image
Various Artists
BD Jazz 9:25
Dynamic Jazz: Miles Davis: 53 Essential Tracks DLG Digital 9:23
Jazz 10
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image
Various Artists
Madison Bay Records 9:24
No Image
Various Artists
Parker Street Records 9:24
Paris Match: Le Jazz Et Les Français (1950-1962)
Various Artists
Believe / Believe Digital 9:23
No Image Puzzled Records 9:25
The Box Set Series: Jazz
Various Artists
Legacy
The Norton Jazz Recordings: Essential Listening
Various Artists
W.W. Norton 9:25
No Image Labelle 9:25
The Vintage Collection: Jazz
Various Artists
Music Digital
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