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Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

Kind of Blue

by Miles Davis

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Barcode: 0888751119215
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
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“Kind of Blue” is the fifth studio album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released on Columbia Records on 17 August 1959. Recorded at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York City on 2 March and 22 April 1959, the album features Davis leading a sextet with John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. Pianist Wynton Kelly appears on “Freddie Freeloader” in place of Evans.

Influenced by Evans, Davis departed from his earlier hard bop style in favour of experimenting with musical modes, building on the modal approach he introduced on his previous album, “Milestones” (1958). Each performer was given a set of scales to improvise within, providing more creative freedom. Coltrane later expanded on this modal approach in his solo career.

Widely regarded as Davis’s masterpiece and one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, “Kind of Blue” has had a profound impact on music, influencing jazz, rock, and classical genres. It was selected for the National Recording Registry in 2002 and ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003. In 2019, it was certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over five million copies in the United States.

The recording process involved minimal rehearsal, with Davis providing only sketches of scales and melody lines for the musicians to improvise upon. Although the persistent legend that the album was recorded in one pass is untrue, the results were impressive given the limited preparation.

The album’s influence extends beyond jazz, with musicians across genres citing it as a source of inspiration. Guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, for example, noted its influence on his improvisational style. Critics have praised “Kind of Blue” for its melodic accessibility and innovative approach to improvisation, cementing its status as a cornerstone of jazz music.

Tracklist
A1 So What
A2 Freddie Freeloader
A3 Blue In Green
B1 All Blues
B2 Flamenco Sketches
Catalogue No.: 88875111921
Barcode: 0888751119215
Genre: Jazz
Style: Modal
Label: Columbia
Released: 2015
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180 gram

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