Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. 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 Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb -- 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 before the tape rolled, and then the band improvised. The end results were wondrous and still crackle with vitality. Kind of Blue works on many different levels. 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. [Legacy's greatly expanded 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition was issued in 2008.]
New York Daily News - Jim Farber
A year before it hits the half century mark, this cool-jazz touchstone receives an expanded salute.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886973355220
  • Catalog Number: 733552
  • Sales rank: 83,045

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So What (9:25)
  2. 2 Freddie Freeloader (9:49)
  3. 3 Blue in Green (5:37)
  4. 4 All Blues (11:35)
  5. 5 Flamenco Sketches (9:26)
  6. 6 Flamenco Sketches (9:33)
  7. 7 Freddie Freeloader (0:53)
  8. 8 Freddie Freeloader (1:27)
  9. 9 Freddie Freeloader (1:30)
  10. 10 So What (1:55)
  11. 11 So What (0:13)
  12. 12 Blue in Green (1:58)
  13. 13 Flamenco Sketches (0:45)
  14. 14 Flamenco Sketches (1:12)
  15. 15 All Blues (0:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 On Green Dolphin Street (9:50)
  2. 2 Fran-Dance (5:49)
  3. 3 Stella by Starlight (4:46)
  4. 4 Love for Sale (11:49)
  5. 5 Fran-Dance (5:53)
  6. 6 So What (17:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 [Bonus Material]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Bill Evans Piano
Wynton Kelly Piano
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Liner Notes
Miles Davis Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Cal Lampley Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Irving Townsend Producer
Ned Washington Composer
Mark Wilder Remixing, Mastering
Victor Young Composer
Francis Davis Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Harold Chapman Engineer
Alice Butts Art Direction
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Jeremy Holiday Packaging Manager
Gerald Early Liner Notes
Ken Vail Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Kind of Blue: Miles Davis!

    This rating will be brief, it only needs one word: OUTSTANDING!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS...IS...JAZZ.

    Having grown up in a Southern family, jazz wuz not part of our regular music going experience. Howeva, KIND OF BLUE should n will turn any non-jazz fan into one. It has everything and one can feel the smoke of cigars and cigarettes and glass clinking with scotch listening to this album.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Legacy of Miles and Others

    The music reads like a thesis on jazz, race relations, and the symbiotic relationship among kindred souls. After listening to this collection, I understood the musicians, their travails, and their protest to an unjust, yet limitless world. Closing my eyes as the music played, I felt what Fats Waller proclaimed in "Black and Blue" and what Louis Armstong meant with his "What a Wonderful World." The collection successfully aims at reconciling so many contradictions about identity, class, and opportunities in America. Moreover, American genius W.E.B. DuBois would have easily recognized and understood the double consciousness of all these men. Ah, to listen to this music is to understand the genius of marginalized folks and their contribution to the musical literature of the world.

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