Since I am convinced 2012 is going to be an unusual and unconventional year, I thought I would do my bit in kicking it off by playing some of my favorite Miles Davis, as a sort of perspective adjuster.
I couldn't think of a better contribution than a cut off his legendary Miles Ahead album, featuring one of the great collaborations between Davis and Gil Evans, in a completely timeless setting.
My Ship is an old Kurt Weil/Ira Gershwin song and in Davis and Evans' hands it's a milestone recording of subtle elegance. Miles Ahead put Davis and Evans back together since their initial Birth Of The Cool sessions in the 1940's and this collaboration renewed that magic combination.
If you haven't heard the whole album, you are missing one of the essential classics - hopefully, this is a good introduction for you if you haven't.
The song is "Summertime," and features Miles, once again, conducted by his longtime friend Quincy Jones and the Gil Evans Orchestra at the 1991 concert at the jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland.