1. So What
  2. Freddie Freeloader
  3. Blue in Green
  4. All Blues
  5. Flamenco Sketches

Label : Columbia

Length : 46:10

Release Date : August 17, 1959

Review (Wikipedia) : Kind of Blue is een studioalbum van de Amerikaanse jazzmusicus Miles Davis. De plaat is sinds de opname in 1959 een steady-seller, en wordt officieus de beste jazzplaat van de 20e eeuw genoemd. De muziek is tijdloze cooljazz en heel toegankelijk, en toch muziek-technisch verbluffend. Kind of Blue werd opgenomen op een drie-sporen tape tijdens twee sessies bij Columbia Records ('30th Street Studio in New York). Op 2 maart werden de nummers "So What", "Freddie Freeloader" en "Blue in Green" opgenomen, en op 22 april de nummers "All Blues" en "Flamenco Sketches" voor de achterkant van de lp. De productie was in handen van Teo Macero - die Davis' vorige twee lp's had geproduceerd - en van Irving Townsend. Miles Davis riep zoals hij gewoon was de sessiemuzikanten op zonder voorafgaande repetities en zonder dat ze een idee hadden wat ze zouden opnemen. Een en ander staat beschreven in de originele liner notes van pianist Bill Evans. Hij vermeldt dat Davis de bandleden wat schetsen van toonladders en melodielijnen toestopte om daarop dan te improviseren. De resultaten waren ondanks de geringe voorbereiding indrukwekkend, hoewel de hardnekkige legende dat het hele album in één keer werd opgenomen onwaar is. Alleen 'Flamenco Sketches' leverde reeds bij de eerste take een volledige opname op.

Review (AllMusic) : 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. To be reductive, it's the Citizen Kane of jazz - an accepted work of greatness that's innovative and entertaining. That may not mean it's the greatest jazz album ever made, but it certainly is a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps it's that 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 chords, not the overall key, giving the music a subtly shifting quality. All of this doesn't quite explain why seasoned jazz fans return to this record even after they've memorized every nuance. They return because this is an exceptional band - Miles, Coltrane, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Wynton Kelly - one of the greatest in history, playing at the peak of its power. As Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Davis laid out the themes and chords before the tape rolled, and then the band improvised. The end results were wondrous, filled with performances that still crackle with vitality. Few albums of any genre manage to work on so many different levels, but Kind of Blue does. It can be played as background music, yet it amply rewards close listening. It is advanced music that is extraordinarily enjoyable. It may be a stretch to say that if you don't like Kind of Blue, you don't like jazz - but it's hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone of any jazz collection.