What gets New Yorkers to watch and/or contribute to PBS? Jazz, blues, r&b — American vernacular music, of course.
The rendition of “So What” is close to the album version, taken at the same teasingly moderate tempo rather than sped up as in many of Davis’ subsequent recordings. There’s faint riffing from a trombone section under the end of Miles’ solo, and pianist Kelly doesn’t know what to do with the modal basis of the piece as well as Bill Evans who plays it on the album. But hey, it’s Miles and Trane, captured in their full glory, and fans are thankful it exists at all.