Miles Davis – flugelhorn;
Bernie Glow – lead trumpet;
Ernie Royal – trumpet;
Louis Mucci – trumpet;
Taft Jordan – trumpet;
John Carisi – trumpet;
Frank Rehak – trombone;
Jimmy Cleveland – trombone;
Joe Bennett – trombone;
Tom Mitchell – bass trombone;
Willie Ruff – French horn;
Tony Miranda – French horn;
Bill Barber – tuba;
Lee Konitz – alto sax;
Danny Bank – bass clarinet;
Romeo Penque – flute, clarinet;
Sid Cooper – flute, clarinet;
Paul Chambers – bass;
Art Taylor – drums;
Gil Evans – arranger and conductor
Produced by Teo Macero and Irving Townsend, and recorded in 2 sessions (2 March and 22 April 1959), with almost no rehearsals and little preparation (Davis provided each musician scales and melody lines he wanted them to improvise from), Davis and his quintet created what has been called not only “jazz’s greatest record,” but one of the greatest albums of all time.
1. So What 2. Freddie Freeloader 3. Blue in Green 1. All Blues 2. Flamenco Sketches
Miles Davis - trumpet Julian “Cannonball” Adderley - alto saxophone Paul Chambers - bass Jimmy Cobb - drums John Coltrane - tenor saxophone Bill Evans - piano Wynton Kelly - piano on “Freddie Freeloader”
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Elizabeth Warren and Democrats introduce bill to push Trump to divest businesses
Democrats on Monday introduced a bill in both chambers of Congress that effectively aims to push Donald Trump to divest from his wide business holdings, which leave the potential for Trump or his family to benefit financially from his presidency.
The legislation is co-sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and 23 others in the Senate, while six Democrats co-sponsored it in the House. It may not gain much traction, as Republicans control both legislative chambers and Trump himself will soon sit in the White House.
The bill comes ahead of a news conference scheduled for Wednesday in which Trump is expected to give more details about his plans for his holdings. Trump has previously said that his two eldest sons will run the Trump Organization with other executives, but the Office of Government Ethics and independent experts have urged him to divest his assets and give them to an independent trustee, in line with presidential precedent.
The legislation looks to require “the president, vice president, their spouses and minor or dependent children to divest all interests that create financial conflicts of interest placing those assets in a true blind trust,” according to a fact sheet from Warren’s office. It “will be managed by an independent trustee who will oversee the sale of assets and place the proceeds in conflict-free holdings.”
It also includes a symbolic statement that the president skirting ethics rules constitutes “a high crime or misdemeanor under the impeachment clause of the U.S. Constitution.”
“The American people deserve to know that the President of the United States is working to do what’s best for the country — not using his office to do what’s best for himself and his businesses,” Warren said in a statement. “The only way for President-elect Trump to truly eliminate conflicts-of-interest is to divest his financial interests by placing them in a blind trust. This has been the standard for previous presidents, and our bill makes clear the continuing expectation that President-elect Trump do the same.”
The bill includes a proposal from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., that would require the sitting president and presidential nominees of major parties to release tax returns for the three most recent tax years. Trump received heavy criticism for breaking with recent presidential precedent and not releasing any of his tax returns, therefore providing limited information on his financial holdings.
Trump’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request to comment on the bill.
On this day in music history: August 17, 1959 - “Kind Of Blue” by Miles Davis is released. Produced by Teo Macero and Irving Townsend, it is recorded at Columbia Records 30th Street Studios in New York City on March 2, 1959 and April 22, 1959. Recorded in two sessions six weeks apart, it features Davis backed by musicians John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Cobb, Paul Chambers, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. The songs will be created by Miles giving the musicians chord changes based on musical modes rather than traditional chord progressions, then improvising on those changes. The original LP release of “Kind Of Blue” is a source of confusion among musicians and fans for years when the three tracks (“So What”, Freddie Freeloader", and “Blue In Green”) on the first side of the album are a quarter tone sharper than originally played. The problem turns out to have been caused by one of the two tape machines recording the session running slower than the other. The album is not reissued with the songs at the correct pitch until 1992. All reissues from that time on are mastered using the back up 3-track session tapes cut during the initial recording session. The album goes on to become one of the most popular and influential jazz recordings of all time. Having taken over thirty years for the album to sell over million copies, its sales explode during the peak of the CD boom, tripling in sales during the 90’s and 2000’s. For the album’s 50th anniversary, Sony Music releases a three disc edition featuring the original album along with alternate takes of “Flamenco Sketches” and “Freddie Freeloader” (w/ the false start), along with in studio dialog recorded during the sessions. The second disc includes live recordings featuring the sextet, with the third disc being a DVD featuring a documentary about the development and recording of the landmark album along with the rarely seen television program “The Sound Of Miles Davis” originally aired on April 2, 1959. “Kind Of Blue” has been certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1992. In 2002, the album is added to the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress.