Kind of Blue

Label
Columbia/Legacy
Release date
9 Sep 2013
Running length
21 tracks
Running time
127:24

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 So What 11:56 485,494
2 Freddie Freeloader 9:46 351,201
3 Blue in Green 5:38 410,017
4 All Blues 11:32 343,312
5 Flamenco Sketches 9:27 312,010
6 Flamenco Sketches (Alternate Take) 9:31 133,020
7 Freddie Freeloader (Studio Sequence 1) 0:51 32,915
8 Freddie Freeloader (False Start) 1:25 35,968
9 Freddie Freeloader (Studio Sequence 2) 1:28 26,453
10 So What (Studio Sequence 1) 1:54 3,630
11 So What (Studio Sequence 2) 0:11 169
12 Blue in Green (Studio Sequence) 1:56 25,523
13 Flamenco Sketches (Studio Sequence 1) 0:42 2,912
14 Flamenco Sketches (Studio Sequence 2) 1:09 2,789
15 All Blues (Studio Sequence) 0:18 149
1 On Green Dolphin Street 12:12 75,743
2 Fran-Dance 7:38 58,717
3 Stella By Starlight 4:45 100,957
4 Love for Sale 11:44 54,867
5 Fran-Dance (Alternate Take) 5:52 10,692
6 So What (Live April 9th, 1960) 17:29 1,232

About this album

By late 1958, Davis employed one of the best and most profitable working bands pursuing the hard bop style. His personnel had become stable: alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Bill Evans, long-serving bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. His band played a mixture of pop standards and bebop originals by Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Tadd Dameron. As with all bebop-based jazz, Davis’s groups improvised on the chord changes of a given song. Davis was one of many jazz musicians growing dissatisfied with bebop, and saw its increasingly complex chord changes as hindering creativity.

In 1953, the pianist George Russell published his Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, which offered an alternative to the practice of improvisation based on chords and chord changes. Abandoning the traditional major and minor key relationships of classical music, Russell developed a new formulation using scales, or a series of scales, for improvisations: This approach led the way to “modal” in jazz. Influenced by Russell’s ideas, Davis implemented his first modal composition with the title track of his studio album Milestones (1958). Satisfied with the results, Davis prepared an entire album based on modality. Pianist Bill Evans, who had studied with Russell but recently departed from Davis’s sextet to pursue his own career, was drafted back into the new recording project, the sessions that would become Kind of Blue.

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  • Jagga_Nova

    10/10....выше только небо....

    5 Jan 8:44pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @Gtzk I don't mean to sound like a snobby prick, although I could forgive myself for reponding as a snobbish prick to your dismissive, tossed-off statement about a record considered by most to be one of the key musical works of the 20th century, but if this only works as "pleasant background noise" for you, then you really need to read more deeply about what this music is doing and why it has the legacy it has. Hint: It's not because it's "pleasant background noise," it's because the album changed the way people played jazz and performed solos. Kind of Blue isn't even my favorite Miles Davis album and it's nowhere near my favorite jazz album, but I would never dream of denying its artistic significance and influence on every jazz artist and album that came after. Dismissing this album is to jazz what dismissing Sgt. Pepper's is to pop or Trans-Europe Express is to electronic music -- a game-changing foundation upon which all the subsequent music stands.

    4 Jan 2:31am Reply
  • BlueMoteVoices

    Everything is in its perfect place, sounding perfect.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • luen05

    I gave this album and Mingus's Black Saint a listen and i must say they're the fuckin best in the genre, nothing comes even close on quality and awesomeness

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • passport90

    I could listen to this album forever. [2]

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CousinEarl

    I don't get it.

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • twolliebollie

    yawn

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • KullatNuSimmah

    Kind of Perfect.

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Larrivey

    Simplemente perfecto, de punta a punta.

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Gtzk

    pleasant background buzz, but not anywhere near as pleasurable as its' legacy would have me believe

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DonDonald

    When I listen to Davis, everything seems okay.

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    This is godlike. [2]

    26 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Drazba

    was really never into jazz until I heard this in the early 80's. fusion yes--but not jazz

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Gaffes

    I think Kind Of Blue is the father of all the music that has been recorded postumously of its release.

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jazzidiva702

    Hey...you TRUE fans already know.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • fank19

    I could listen to this album forever.

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    Truly a great stepping stone into exploring more jazz music. The only other album i can think of with the same type of effect would be "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, (another masterpiece).

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Juan-k_86

    Flamenco Sketches <3

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    This is godlike.

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DrStrangeIove

    not from this world

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
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