Kind of Blue

Performers Miles Davis

Legacy | October 25, 1990 | Compact Disc

Kind of Blue is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
There aren't enough positive adjectives to describe the pure jazz genius of this album. Miles Davis' Kind of Blue ranks among the best jazz albums of all-time, and for good reason. Recorded in New York City in 1959, this album's extraordinary line-up includes Julian "Cannonball" Adderley on alto saxophone, John Coltrane (another jazz giant - check out A Love Supreme) on tenor saxophone and Bill Evans on piano. Daring tracks like "So What," "Freddie Freeloader" and "Flamenco Sketches," make this an absolutely indispensable record for jazz fans.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 25, 1990

Genre: Trumpet

Style: Jazz

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1959

Label Name: Legacy

UPC: 074646493526

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have for any music collection! These days it seems jazz has taken the backseat to most peoples music collections. This CD, however, should be in everyones music collection, regardless of musical preference. There is much to be learned by all from these musicians as they pioneer (at the time) a new sound in jazz and as a result advance music in a profound way. Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderly interact and contrast each other beautifully. Miles explores the effect of leaving space while Coltrane brings incredible sheets of sound to the recording. Each musician is given the opportunity to really stretch out and explore. Every mainstream style of music has benefited from the work that these musicians, and others like them, have created. In fact Miles Davis was involved in every significant musical advancement from early bebop in the 40's to hip hop in the 90's. This is an album that needs to be really listened to. Many people put it on as background music (which it is well suited for) but don't really listen to the genius being created. I have found myself many times lying back listening intently while getting lost in the music trying to get into the musicians heads. As previously mentioned the musicians work so well together. They create a sound that is easily identifiable and made what many consider a timeless recording. I often hear people say they don't like jazz because they don't understand it. You don't need to "understand" jazz to appreciate this album, you merely need to enjoy music. Turn it up, sit back, and you will understand why Miles Davis is the epitome of cool.
Date published: 2008-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My cousin is right! I have a box set of Miles from a few years ago, back when box sets were new, big and unwieldy. This new remastered version is so much clearer. If you don't know much about jazz and want to start somewhere, this is the place! I have given this disc as a gift several times. Essential!
Date published: 2001-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No kind of blue after hearing this gem Miles Davis' Kind of Blue has gained the reputation it has because it strikes the perfect balance between the melodic side and the experimental side of jazz. Don't relegate this one to background, candlelight, dinner-time music; listen, truly listen, to it. It's a masterwork.
Date published: 2001-01-25

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Kind of Blue

Kind of Blue

Performers Miles Davis
Guest Artist(s) John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Wynton Kelly
Producer Teo Macero
Engineer Fred Plaut, Robert Waller

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 25, 1990

Genre: Trumpet

Style: Jazz

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1959

Label Name: Legacy

UPC: 074646493526


Title Track Time
1.So What --
2.Freddie Freeloader --
3.Blue in Green --
4.All Blues --
5.Flamenco Sketches --
6.Flamenco Sketches --

Editorial Notes

This reissue of KIND OF BLUE contains a bonus alternate take not found on the original issue LP. In addition, Sony engineers went back to the original safety masters from this session, as the original master machine was out of sync, and previous releases contained a pitch deviation on three tracks, which had gone undetected for years. This version corrects that inconsistency. Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet); Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (alto saxophone); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums). Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna. Recorded Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, New York on March 2 & April 22, 1959. Includes reissue liner notes by Robert Palmer and original release liner notes by Bill Evans. With BIRTH OF THE COOL, Miles Davis distilled a new tonal palette for jazz. As early as 1954, Miles reacted to the escalating chordal complexity of hard bop by fashioning an evocative blues based on a simple scalar pattern ("Swing Spring"). KIND OF BLUE was the ultimate fulfillment of this approach, with Miles providing his collaborators little more than outlines for melodies and simple scales for improvisation. By emphasizing the blues and the improvisor's melodic gifts, KIND OF BLUE precipitated a major stylistic development--modal jazz. Charles Mingus had experimented with pedal points throughout the 1950s, and the melodic freedom of Ornette Coleman's Atlantic sides was also predicated on freedom from chord changes. But KIND OF BLUE was to prove the most influential, enduring work of its kind. There was just such a vibe about these 1959 sessions--Miles' lyric genius and burgeoning stardom, the innovative voicings and rarefied touch of pianist Bill Evans, the electrifying presence of Coltrane and Cannonball--that some thirty-plus years after its initial release, KIND OF BLUE is still recognized as Davis' point of departure towards jazz's less-explored regions. Bill Evans' translucent chords and Paul Chambers' famous bass line herald the revolution that is "So What": Davis and Evans' taut, coiled lyricism stands in sharp relief to the saxophonists' labyrinthine elation. The fat, shimmering beat of the classic Evans/Chambers/Cobb rhythm team is an oasis of calm throughout the childish blues "Freddie Freeloader." Often credited to Davis, "Blue In Green" is an Evans masterpiece, in which the rhythmic oasis becomes a smoky mirage for Davis' minor reveries on muted horn. The waltzing "All Blues" is one of the smoothest, most swinging grooves in the history of jazz, while "Flamenco Sketches" reflects Miles fascination with the earthy melodies and brooding metaphors of the Iberian peninsula...a harbinger of his next masterpiece, SKETCHES OF SPAIN. KIND OF BLUE remains Miles Davis' most evocative piece of musical haiku.