Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (Vinyl)

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Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. It was recorded on March 2 and April 22, 1959, at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City and released on August 17 of that year by Columbia Records. The album features Davis's ensemble sextet consisting of saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley, pianist Bill Evans, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Davis followed up on the modal experimentation of Milestones by basing Kind of Blue entirely on modality, departing further from his earlier work's hard bop style of jazz. Kind of Blue has been regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz record, Davis's masterpiece, and one of the best albums of all time. Its influence on music, including jazz, rock, and classical genres, has led writers to also deem it one of the most influential albums ever recorded. Pure 'coffee table' jazz! 

This 1xLP format on 180g heavyweight vinyl.


Kind of Blue wins the "best jazz album" contest almost by default. While hardly anyone with a decent jazz collection would call it their favourite jazz album (everyone seems to have a different favourite), almost everyone will agree that it is one of the best jazz albums. While only very few people can get really excited about it, there seems to be a universal agreement, even among non-jazz aficionados, that it's extremely good. Still, while hailed by many as a masterpiece, the typical first reaction of many listeners is an underwhelmed "so what", not because of the title of the first song, but because on a first listen, there seems to be nothing even remotely special about it.
This is perhaps because as far as jazz goes, Kind of Blue is both understated and not really all that representative. It is a strangely subdued, low key album in a persistently slow or mid tempo. The solos are deceptively simple throughout, no acrobatics whatsoever. The pieces themselves offer only minimal variation, so little in fact that quite a few people think that "So What" and "Freddie Freeloader" are really the same track rather than two different tunes. With the solos based on modes rather than scales, it's an impressionist rather than expressionist album, one that creates a persistent mood rather than showing off in terms of virtuosity.

By: hprill.

A1 So What
A2 Freddie Freeloader
A3 Blue In Green
B1 All Blues
B2 Flamenco Sketches

Product Code: 8875111921

Record Label: Columbia / Sony