On this day, 50 years ago, the Miles Davis Sextet was playing at the Sutherland Hotel in Chicago. Cannonball Adderley took the entire group, minus Miles, and went into the studio to do a recording. The result? The album The Cannonball Adderley Quintet In Chicago. Significant about this recording, aside from it being one seriously burning session, is that every take is a first take...no alternate takes exist from this session.
Also, the night before and the night of this session, Cannonball led a group with the same personnel, minus 'Trane, with Freddie Hubbard and did a live album, Just Friends, co-led by him and bassist Paul Chambers.
So, as we celebrate the greatness today of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper, let us not forget that on "the day the music died", there was also some amazing music being born.