On the 2nd of March, 1959, drummer Jimmy Cobb played a note on a cymbal just before Miles Davis started his solo on So What.  The album they were recording was Kind of Blue, and for me, that cymbal crash exemplifies everything I like about the idea of flow in music. The moment that he judged so perfectly was how to set the scene in the transition from the composed music to the improvising section, and it opened up a whole know way of playing jazz. There is a lesson in this moment that I must bear in mind: simple things done in just the right way are all that is required. My piece is about flow. Perhaps every time I am tempted to overcomplicate the orchestration, I just need to remember that one little tap on a round piece of suspended metal …

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