Miles Davis in his own television special The Sound of Miles Davis, which aired April 9, 1959 on CBS. It was directed by Jack Smight, who also directed the iconic television special The Sound of Jazz, which premiered two years earlier in 1957.
Davis featured songs from his upcoming album Kind of Blue, which was slated to be released in August of that year. It would go on to be the best-selling jazz album in history, being certified quadruple platinum in 2008. It is regarded by critics to be the greatest jazz album of all time and made it to #12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the greatest 500 albums of all time.
The television special featured Davis’quintet which included John Coltrane, Jimmy Cobb and Wynton Kelly and arranger Gil Evans and his orchestra. Davis and Evans previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed albums Birth of the Cool, recorded between 1949 and 1950, Miles Ahead in 1957, and Porgy and Bess in 1958. They would both go on to record two more critically acclaimed albums with Sketches of Spain in 1960 and Quiet Nights in 1964.