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Kind Of Blue (1959)

Artist: Miles Davis
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Format: CD
Sku: 201983045
UPC: 074646493526
UPC 14: 00074646493526
Release Date: 9/7/1999
Sales Rank: 2195
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. So What ~ Miles Davis
2. Freddie Freeloader ~ Miles Davis
3. Blue In Green ~ Miles Davis
4. All Blues ~ Miles Davis
5. Flamenco Sketches ~ Miles Davis
5. Flamenco Sketches ~ Miles Davis
6. Flamenco Sketches - (alternate take) ~ Miles Davis
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet); Miles Davis; Paul Chambers (double bass); Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans (piano); Jimmy Cobb (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Remixer: Mark Wilder.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Bill Evans ; Robert Palmer; Nat Hentoff; Robert Palmer .
Muze PNote Recording information: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, NY (03/02/1959-04/22/1959); Columbia Street Studio, New York, NY (03/02/1959-04/22/1959).
Muze PNote Photographers: Don Hunstein; Jay Maisel.
Muze PNote With Birth of the Cool, Miles Davis distilled a new tonal palette for jazz. As early as 1954, Davis 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 Davis 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 '50s, 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 -- Davis' lyric genius and burgeoning stardom, the innovative voicings and rarefied touch of pianist Bill Evans, the electrifying presence of John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley --that some 50-plus years after its initial release, Kind of Blue is still recognized as Davis' point of departure toward jazz's less-explored regions. Bill Evans' translucent chords and Paul Chambers' famous bassline 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/Jimmy Cobb rhythm team is an oasis of calm throughout the childish blues of "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 Davis' 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.

Producer: Larry Keyes; Teo Macero; Irving Townsend; Michael Cuscuna (Reissue)

Engineer: Fred Plaut; Mark Wilder; Fred Plaut; Robert Waller

Artist Overview

Few musicians have managed to change the course of music--trumpeter Miles Davis did it several times. An early disciple of Charlie Parker, Davis created an austere, understated approach that became the model for cool. His superb albums in the 1950s made him a star, and in the following decade, he brought small-group jazz to the limit before he unapologetically (and, for some, unforgivably) took on jazz-rock. After a break, he re-emerged in the '80s with a mixture of pop and dense, bristling funk. All the while, his refusal to follow anyone but his own muse made him both a hero and an enigma--either way, he was one of the most magnetic, influential figures in American music.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Kind Of Blue
Muze Music Compilations Conception
Muze Music Compilations Jingle Bell Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Hot Spot
Muze Music Compilations Jazz For Lovers
Muze Music Compilations Play Duke Ellington-Caravans
Muze Music Compilations Night Out With Verve
Muze Music Compilations Ken Burns Jazz-Story Of America
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Ken Burns Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Ken Burns Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Classic Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Legacy
Muze Music Compilations Savoy At 60
Muze Music Compilations Essential George Gershwin (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Award Winning Original Artists
Muze Music Compilations Collateral
Muze Music Compilations Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Essential (Rmst)
Muze Music Compilations Re-bop: The Savoy Remixes
Muze Music Compilations Cookin
Muze Music Compilations Jazz After Dark
Muze Music Compilations All The Best
Muze Music Compilations Music To Make The Impossible Possible
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Prestige (Prestige 60Th
Muze Music Compilations Doors Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Roots
Muze Music Compilations Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Just Great Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Icon:best Of Blue Note
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Duane Allman's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:jazz

Associated Artists and Works

All-Stars
Allen, Carl
Armstrong, Louis
Baker, Chet
Baker, Chet (Trumpet/Vocals/Com
Barry, Dave (Drums)
Coltrane, John
The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane: 1955-1961 ~ Coltrane, John
Davis, Miles Septet
Evans, Gil
Porgy and Bess [Remaster] ~ Evans, Gil
At Carnegie Hall (Legacy) [Remaster] ~ Evans, Gil
The Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Complete Columbia S ~ Evans, Gil
Golson, Benny
Henderson, Joe
Henderson, Joe (Saxophone)
Hubbard, Freddie
Jacquet, Illinois
Jarrett, Keith
Kaiser, Henry
Legrand, Michel
Miles Davis & Michel Legrand
Miller, Marcus
Mobley, Hank
Olson, Byron
Original Soundtrack
Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud: Lift To The Scaffold ~ Original Soundtrack
Parker, Charlie
Birdsong: A Series of Classic Performances of Park ~ Parker, Charlie
Parker, Charlie (Sax)
Ramirez, Humberto
Rowland, Dennis
Silver, Horace
The Modern Jazz Giants
Traveling Miles ~ Wilson, Cassandra

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/25/1997
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1959
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CK 64935
Music Label Name Label : Columbia/Legacy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00074646493526

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.94)
- Ranked #13 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "This painterly masterpiece is one of the most important, influential and popular albums in jazz..."

Q (4/99, p.129)
- Included in Q's list of "The Best Jazz Albums of All Time."

Q (3/95, p.116)
- 5 Stars - Indispensable - "Widely considered the greatest album in jazz history, Miles Davis' 1959 masterpiece is a collection of exquisitely melodic and deceptively simple modern jazz..."

Down Beat (1959)
- "This is a remarkable album. Using very simple but effective devices, Miles has constructed an album of extreme beauty and sensitivity. This is not to say that this LP is a simple one--far from it. What is remarkable is that the men have done so much with the stark, skeltal material.

JazzTimes (8/97, p.106)
- "...The absolutely beautiful Coltrane solo on the `Flamenco Sketches' alternate is alone worth the price....The restoration of the sound to the correct pitch makes enough of a difference to recommend repurchasing this classic even without the jazz track of the year aboard..."

Vibe (12/99, p.158)
- Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

Blender (Magazine)
(p.67)
- 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Its ageless cool now seems intertwined with its backstory: Just months after making the album, Davis and most of his sidemen would spin off in different directions, founding entire schools of jazz."

Paste (magazine)
(p.61)
- "[T]he music draws you in with seductively gentle restraint. It's a recording with a pristine elegance."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Davis,Miles
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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