Song of the Day: “So What?”


Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue is one of the most influential albums of all time, not just within the genre of jazz, but within the entirety of modern music. Perhaps the most highly recognizable song on the album, “So What?” was written by composer Gil Evans for Davis and performed by bassist Paul Chambers, pianist Bill Evans, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, with a solo by tenor saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. “So What?” was recorded in 1959. But it’s still the first and often last song cited in any serious conversation about jazz, or, for that matter, everything that came after it.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte,, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →