What gets New Yorkers to watch and/or contribute to PBS? Jazz, blues, r&b — American vernacular music, of course.
performing with John Mayer, Josh Groban, Steve Tyler and the Boston Pops, and the 1959 broadcast “The Sound of Miles Davis,” featuring music from the trumpeter’s classic album Kind of Blue, now 50 years old and satisfying as ever.
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.