Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue (1959)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Miles Davis
Title Kind Of Blue
Length 45:07 Discs: 1 Tracks: 5
Format CD Packaging Jewel Case
Label Sony Cat. Number 40579
Style General Jazz Rating
Recorded 1959 
Musicians Credits
Miles Davis trumpet, fluegerhorn
Julian 'Cannonball' Adderly sax alto
John Coltrane sax tenor
Wynton Kelly piano
Bill Evans piano
Paul Chambers bass
James Cobb drums
Producer Irving Townsend
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Producer Teo Macero
Producer Larry Keyes
Engineer Fred Plaut
Engineer Mark Wilder
Track list
So What 09:05
Freddie Freeloader 09:35
Blue In Green 05:28
All Blues 11:33
Flamenco Sketches 09:26
_Davis conceived these settings only hours before the recording dates andarrived with sketches which indicated to the group what was to be played.Therefore you will hear something close to pure spontaneity in these performances.The group had never played these pieces prior to the recordingsand probably without exception the first complete performance of each was a "take".
_AMG Review (5):
Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps because this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bass line and gentle piano chords of "So What." From that moment on, the record never really changes pace — each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue is more than easy listening. It's the pinnacle of modal jazz — tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality. All of this doesn't quite explain why seasoned jazz fans return to this record even after they've memorized every nuance. They return because this is an exceptional band — Miles, Coltrane, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb — one of the greatest in history, playing at the peak of its power. As Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Davis laid out the themes before the tape rolled, and then the band improvised. The end results were wondrous and still crackle with vitality. Kind of Blue works on many different levels. It can be played as background music, yet it amply rewards close listening. It is advanced music that is extraordinarily enjoyable. It may be a stretch to say that if you don't like Kind of Blue, you don't like jazz — but it's hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone of any jazz collection. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine