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Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition)

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Editors’ Notes

From the opening bass vamp of “So What” to the muted trumpet lines on “Blue in Green,” from the slow groove of “All Blues” to the sentimental “Flamenco Sketches,” Kind of Blue is ingrained in every jazz musician’s DNA. And for good reason: These simple, haiku-like song sketches cover the range of human emotion. Davis' cool trumpet work is complemented by the fiery saxophones of John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, while the rhythm section swings like mad.

Customer Reviews

It may be the best album ever recorded.

It is so good. I go long periods of time not listening to it, trying to favor more out-of-the-mainstream stuff. But every now-and-then, I'll get a little phrase from it stuck in my head and have to put it on. That happened about 10 minutes ago and even though I have listened to this record hundreds of times, I am still amazed at how freaking good it is. Every musician was at the top of his game. Every note is crisp and precise. The innovation is unparalleled. The recording quality is as good as any I have ever heard. KOB is my desert island CD. If I only had one CD for the rest of my life, it would be that one. It's good as background music while I'm working, or I can put headphones on and really get into it - the technicality of the musicians, and the chord structures. Beautiful. There's a book about the making of KOB. I've read parts of it, but the concept of modality is pretty cool. And these guys nailed it. I think they recorded it in 2 days.

Must Have

This album is my personal pick as the best jazz album of all time. Whether or not you agree it deserves its place within any music library.

Oh, Miles...

Like most albums by Miles, it seems like every time I hear one of his songs is like the first time. This version is also on the 50th anniversary LP + CD. Tears started filling my eyes when I heard it for the first time on Vinyl. Even the false starts give me chills. Pure and simple, if you were to only own one Jazz album your whole life this would have to be it.

Biography

Born: May 26, 1926 in Alton, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless Harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the...
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