Trumpet Tempest in a Teapot
OK, I need to come back and do a longer post on this, but I’m too excited not to jump right in and toss this clip into the mixup over trad versus modern swirling around Delmond’s character. Wait for Miles Davis’ trumpet solo to come in at 1:50 right behind John Coltrane’s acrobatics, and hang in there for Saints at about 2:50. Now that he’s dropped that broad hint roll back to 1:50 and while it tastes like vintage Miles from the first bar listen for the echoes of Pops, and by the end of this joyful solo tell me Kermit Ruffins didn’t wear the grooves off the vinyl on this solo when he was coming up.
All props to Donald Harrison but Miles was on the case in ’58.
PS–Hat tip to local musician and WWOZ DJ Jeff “Snake” Greenberg for turning me onto Milestones via a Facebook conversation. Here’s hoping he gets his moment in the show’s arc-lit sun for uncovering this bit of the trad v. modern Rosetta stone.