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Miles Davis Kind of Blue

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ping-ping-clicka, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. ping-ping-clicka

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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, with new band pianist Wynton Kelly appearing on one track in place of Evans. In part owing to Evans' joining the sextet during 1958,


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    What about it?
     
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    The single greatest album of all time?

    So what?
    ;)
     
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    We all know its arguably the greatest and most influential jazz album of all time.

    So the point of this post is? Perhaps the OP believes it could have been even greater with the addition of some Western Swing blackguard licks:lol:
     
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    Tough crowd. Maybe the OP wanted to start a discussion about the biggest selling jazz album of all time.

    I used it as a standard for checking out (or selling) audio gear when I was into that.
     
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    I especially like to play this LP on rainy, lazy afternoons.....imagining myself in a rustic mid-century hideaway in Malibu or the Oregon coast. It evokes memories of any number of films made or set in the fifties.....particularly Rock Hudson's Seconds.
    Love this recording. ;)
     
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    If you like this album ...
    ( for me, a very late-comer to classic Jazz- this and Dave Brubeck's 'Time Out,' were the gateways for me)

    ...and John Coltrane's ' A Love Supreme,'
    musicologist/ writer/critic Ashley Kahn has written two excellent books about the making of each of these albums.

    Along with the music, and the actual details of the recordings, the author provides great biographies of Miles, Coltrane, the other musicians on the recordings, the engineers, and what was going on with Jazz in the country before and during these recordings.
    A great resource to learn a lot quickly about Jazz, IMO

    * I retain NOTHING it seems ( that's on me-ask me about how tube amps work sometime!), but these books are very good, conversational reads.
     
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    I can tell you which Miles record is not the single greatest album of all time. Miles Davis "On the Corner".
     
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    1959 - kind of blue, ah um, time out, the shape of jazz to come. Beefy year
     
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    i didn't pay any attention to jazz until about 15 years ago.

    Kind Of Blue and some early Brubeck got me interested. I like a lot of earlier Miles but he lost me with his shift to be-bop/fusion in the '70s
     
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    Kind of blue is amazing! I think that's what the op is going for here! Don't know a true musician who has common sense who says different. Skilled, talented people of many types don't dig it. Some peoples masters are different than others. It's ok! I get it. Keep on pickin!
     
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    See your ‘kind of blue’ and raise you a ‘body and soul’... courtesy Houston Person

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    I love this album. I don’t listen to a ton of Jazz but I like this album, A Love Supreme, Blue Train, and Paul Desmond Take Ten.
     
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    In addition to the Kahn books on Miles and 'Trane (both of which are great reads), Warren Huart recently put up an "Artists Who Changed Music" video on Davis that discusses his horn techniques and phrasing choices:

     
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    Kind of Blue and ANY Brubeck should get anybody's attention. :)
    I also really dig people like Jimmy Smith on Hammond organ......
     
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    Jimmy Cobb, the jazz drummer and last surviving player on Miles Davis's seminal 1959 album Kind of Blue, died from lung cancer at age 91. May 25, 2020
     
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    I love that album! I have listened to it more than any other album and have been doing so since high school. I never get tired of it!
     
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    That first cymbal crash on "So What" is amazing!
    So heavy and sustained- it's like a portal to another dimension that belongs to that entire album

    Hard to describe:

    When I hear Kind of Blue, I imagine pitch black, yet you can see the instruments, light around each one.

    And the instruments take over, playing this music; detached from the humans actually playing them.
    You can hear the Dead's Bob Weir's description, (albeit not in reference to this recording) ' the sound of thick air'

    These are just perfect songs to me, or perfect recordings.
     
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    here's your chance to take another taste, you might like this , this time around
     
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