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Miles Davis and the Mysterious Case of “So What”

Miles DavisThe remarkable Marc Myers on whether or not the Prince of Darkness was Freddie Freeloadin’ it on one of Kind of Blue’s most famous compositions.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • Bill Forbes

    Interesting! At first this didn’t make sense to me, as the only versions of Bohemia which I know are by the Adderleys, where the opening riff is taken by alto and cornet and any similarity to So What’s opening bass riff isn’t obvious. However, having followed Myers’ Amazon sampler link to the Pettiford original, where the leader’s bass carries the opening line, I can certainly hear what he’s talking about.

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