“So What” is the most famous song off the best selling jazz album of all time, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. Recorded in 1959, “So What” came just before jazz, and popular music, exploded into so many different directions that it became almost impossible to put all the pieces back together again. (Whether that would have been a good thing is a discussion for a different day.)
Meanwhile, if you have time today, watch this live recording from CBS’ Studio 61. You can practically see the musicians (Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums) listening to each other from one note to the next. It gives you a sense of what a fragile—and beautiful—thing great music can be.