Friday Evening Jazz: Kind of Blue

Friday, April 11, 2008 | 06:29 PM

Kind_of_blue A few months ago, Hale took an eclectic look at some of the lesser known works of Miles Davis. Tonite, I want to go in the opposite direction, and simply focus on one disc: Kind of Blue.

Why? Not only is Kind of Blue Davis' best-selling album, it may very well be the best-selling jazz record of any artist, of all time. Even though it was released almost 50 years ago, it still sells over 5,000 copies per week today. In addition to its commercial success, it has come to be described by many Jazz critics as the greatest jazz album of all time.

Writing in AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted: "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 bassline 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."

The one jazz record to own even if you don't listen to jazz -- the band is extraordinary: John Coltrane,  Julian "Cannonball" Adderley on saxophones, Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. I recently received a remastered CD of kind the album, thus retiring my scratchy hiss and pop laden vinyl version.  (And another intelligent CD pricing: $7.47 at Amazon

For those of you looking for some , check out NPR: Kind of Blue (54 minutes)

videos after the jump . . .

Blue in Green

So What


Sources:

Miles Davis: 'Kind of Blue'   
NPR
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10862796

Kind of Blue
Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kind_of_Blue

All Music Review: Kind of Blue
All Music
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:hx68mpnd9f8o~T1

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One of the few albums I'd call perfect. Thanks for posting this.

Posted by: Michael | Apr 11, 2008 8:03:19 PM

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