Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Original Release Date: March 2, 1959
Audio CD: March 25, 1997
Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Bitrate: 320 kbps
"Kind of Blue is a jazz album by musician Miles Davis, released August 17, 1959, on Columbia Records, in both mono and stereo, CL1355 and CS8163. Recording sessions took place at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in March and April of 1959. As of January 16, 2002, it has been certified triple platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. Though precise figures have been disputed, Kind of Blue has been cited as Davis' best-selling album, and as the best-selling jazz record of all time. It is also regarded by many as the greatest jazz album of all time and ranks at or near the top of many "best album" lists in disparate genres. In 2002, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 2003, the album was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time."
Amazon.com essential recording
This is the one jazz record owned by people who don't listen to jazz, and with good reason. The band itself is extraordinary ( proof of Miles Davis's masterful casting skills, if not of God's existence ), listing John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley on saxophones, Bill Evans ( or, on "Freddie Freeloader," Wynton Kelly ) on piano, and the crack rhythm unit of Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Coltrane's astringency on tenor is counterpoised to Adderley's funky self on alto, with Davis moderating between them as Bill Evans conjures up a still lake of sound on which they walk. Meanwhile, the rhythm partnership of Cobb and Chambers is prepared to click off time until eternity. It was the key recording of what became modal jazz, a music free of the fixed harmonies and forms of pop songs. In Davis's men's hands it was a weightless music, but one that refused to fade into the background. In retrospect every note seems perfect, and each piece moves inexorably towards its destiny. ~ John Szwed
Your CD colletion is kinda blue if you don't own this! (5+);
If your idea of the perfect jazz record is Kenny G's Duotones, then don't bother reading this cause it talks about the REAL thing.
Well this is THE jazz album to start off with. I'm sure you've all heard that before, but, it's quite true. From Freddie Freeloader to All Blues, we are constantly reminded of what a genius time it was for jazz in that period. Just look at the all-star line-up on here, Cannonball, Coltrane, Bill - simply amazing! This is a disc that everyone has heard before at some point in their life whether they were aware or not. The saying that this is the most influential jazz record may be true, I tend to think its the most rewarding. This re-release version is superb! It contains an alternative version of "Flamenco Sketches" and original photo package to boot. the sound is by far the best this recording has ever seen. This is a recording the word masterpiece is reserved for. An absolute must own!
If this is your first jump into real jazz might I suggest, Cannonball Adderly's "Somethin Else" or Coltrane's "Love Supreme", both make excellent companions to "Kind of Blue". ~ Cary S. Whitt "Tune Junkie"
The Bible of Jazz, November 11;
Many, many, many things in life are over-hyped. Especially things that were huge and revolutionary at their times, things you have been told to check out and haven't gotten around to. Movies in particular are like this for me. I'll put on a movie like the Graduate or the Shining, things I've been told are great, and please don't tell anybody but I can't believe how bored I can be. I like them only because I know I'm supposed to like them to show how truly sophisticated I am.
Kind of Blue is the exception to this rule. It is hyped, it is the one jazz album you are told to own if you only own one jazz album, and it is absolutely worthy of the adulation. I promise.
When I first started collecting jazz albums, I was told by an old Chicago cat that Kind of Blue was "the Bible" and Coltrane's rendition of "My Favorite Things" was the national anthem. He was right. No matter how my collection has grown, no matter through how many different alleyways and conduits my taste has wandered, no matter what's stewing in my synapses, I always return to So What, Freddie Freeloader, Blue in Green, and All Blues ( that's right, I skip Flamenco Sketches, but So What? ). Buy it and listen to it until it seeps into your dreams, becomes the soundtrack to your strut, and fills your soul with the sacred expanding nothingness. ~ My Uncle Stu
Miles Davis – trumpet, leader
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley – alto saxophone, does not play on "Blue in Green"
John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
Wynton Kelly – piano, only on "Freddie Freeloader"
Bill Evans – piano on all except "Freddie Freeloader," liner notes
Paul Chambers – bass
Jimmy Cobb – drums
Irving Townsend – original recording producer
Fred Plaut – recording engineer
Michael Cuscuna – reissue producer
Mark Wilder – remix engineer
Gil Evans - arranger
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue Track listing:
01 So What 9:22
02 Freddie Freeloader 9:46
03 Blue in Green 5:37
04 All Blues 11:33
05 Flamenco Sketches 9:26
06 Flamenco Sketches (reissue bonus) 9:32