Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

The Miles Davis Quintet (f. John Coltrane) – Stockholm Nineteen Sixty [the show of legend]

The Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (trumpet)
John Coltrane (tenor sax),
Wynton Kelly (piano),
Paul Chambers (bass),
Jimmy Cobb (drums)

Has anyone ever seen the Cameron Crowe movie, Jerry Maguire? How about the scene where the jazz-nut baby sitter…uh, child-technician, Chad is talking at (certainly not talking to….) Jerry about Miles Davis and John Coltrane:

“This (holds up cassette)… is Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Stockholm. 1963… two masters of freedom, playing in a time before their art was corrupted by a zillion cocktail lounge performers who destroyed the legacy of the only American art form — jazz. “

OK – so Cameron Crowe either was wrong about the year, or, more likely, inserted the wrong year just to get us aficionados talking. Of course, Miles and Coltrane were no longer playing together is 1963, let alone in Sweden. Coltrane has split to go off on his own by then. And, to further perpetuate this ‘joke’, Crowe substituted a Charles Mingus tune ‘Haitian Fight Song’, when Jerry plays the tape a few minutes later in the film. Likely, the Miles Davis estate wouldn’t have allowed his songs to be included in the movie. Crowe probably covered this up by having Chad mention “and there’s some Mingus on there, too” when he hands Jerry the tape.

But anyway, here’s the recording as it was intended. In the long run, Crowe sees fit to mock jazz music throughout the film, for unseen reasons. The way I see it, there are many different classifications of music-lover and non-music lover. Those who enjoy jazz are similar to those who enjoy black licorice. Not everybody likes black licorice, but those that do….really like it.

Miles. Coltrane. Sweden. 1960. No cocktail lounges.

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October 16, 2008 Posted by | 1960, jazz, jerry maguire, john coltrane, miles davis, stockholm, sweden | Leave a comment