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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 possess 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 possess 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646493526
  • Catalog Number: 64935
  • Sales rank: 1,821

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 (9:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Leader
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Bill Evans Piano
Wynton Kelly Piano
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Paul Chambers Bass, Double Bass
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Robert Palmer Liner Notes
Bill Evans Composer, Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Steven Berkowitz Reissue Series
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Kevin Gore Reissue Series
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Larry Keyes Producer
Teo Macero Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Irving Townsend Audio Production
Mark Wilder Engineer, Remixing
Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera Art Direction
Jay Maisel Cover Photo
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Robert Palmer Liner Notes
Jennifer Ebert Packaging Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Abundant Kind of Blue

    This album is a legendary muse of history in its own right! Before I decided to buy this album, I have read the book, The Making of Kind of Blue, and read many reviews from critics, and even asked for some opionions about it to family and friends. The results of such a great, profounding explosion inspired me to buy this album. The first moment i heard it, the music became the painter and my mind became the canvas. Many pictures of night lights, bright stars, starry eyed couples, lonely, sad people, nature, and majestic, somewhat peaceful, quiet, and melancholy places started performing in my mind! This album truly has a voice that's louder than the sights of all the world! It truly has something, not just extraordinary people, such as the famous John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and of course the eat-your-heart-out-choir-music passionate Miles Davis. It's simply the wonder, the power, and the calling muse of the miseries, the pain, the majesty, the thought, the heaven, and the glory of it all, which makes it definitive, an art for all jazz mankind. No album in the world could grow as beautiful as this piece of heaven coming from a horn so sweet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pure genius

    while this is one of the quitessential jazz albums of all time, it is also a perfect introduction to jazz for the unititiated.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    BELIEVE IT...

    I was having a hard time trying to think of all the wonderful things to say about this amazing classic album, and I suddenly realised how easy it was... The editorial review says that ''Kind of Blue'' has been called the greatest jazz album of all time so often that it's hard to believe it. It's perfectly simple; all you have to do is listen to it. You'll believe it -- because it's true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    CLASSIC JAZZ At ITS' BEST!

    This album originaly released in 1959 remains one of my all time favourites in this music genre. Every time I listen to it, I hear something new as Miles Davis was so innovative on this recording. I believe that it remains the top selling Jass album of all time. Highly recommended to all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    Miles Davis at his best.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wonderful!!!!

    Absolutely wonderful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kind of Blue....Miles Davis

    This is by far one of the best Miles Davis recordings....a "must have" for any jazz library!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    If you only get one Miles, this is tied for the one to get!

    Easy to take and addictive. This , in my view, is tied with Sketches of Spain as the best into to Miles Davis.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Miles Davis Kind of Blue is fantastic

    I could listen to this album over and over again. Every track is fantastic and showcases Miles' mastery of the horn. 100 years from now people will be in awe.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Kinda Blue!

    To anybody who has had the album or earlier issue of this cd will not only re- enjoy the content but the 20 bit re- mastering is execellent. This cd speaks for itself. To me it is one of the best cd's by miles and the re-mastered version lets you sonically enjoy the purity of these musicians. A definate must to any jazz enthusists colection.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Quintessential Jazz CD

    I have been a lover of Jazz since childhood. This is my favorite recording. Miles Davis and John Coltrane just compliment each other so well. You can drift with the music and get lost. This is a must for any jazz lover. Yet, it is a great place to start if you are trying to sample the genre for the first time.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Must For Your Music Collection!

    Kind of Blue is absolutely the best jazz album of all time! It's hard to believe that it was produced in 1959. Miles' music and style is still relevant in today's music world. This is real music...truly classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still Kind of Blue Nut!

    I bought this album in that year 1959. I was a Junior in high school. Most of the Jazz set on campus obtained this record. My music teacher, after allowing me to play it during Music Appreciation and hearing it asked me if he could borrow it overnight. He returned it the next morning and told everone in the classroom to purchase this record by Miles Davis and put it in their home library even if they were not into Jazz like he and I were. I certainly appreciate the new CD sound. It was often a common site to see other students carrying this record along with their books a year later '60.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was recorded in 1959?!?!

    I just brought home the SACD version of this lovely thing, and cannot believe the lifelike sound quality that was captured during the 1959 recording sessions. Truly amazing and actually puts many records since its time to shame, simply talking recording fidelity here. The actual art contained here, having not heard it before and purchased on the recommendation from an online review, has me floored and excited to spend much, much quality time with Miles and friends. I'm sure this disc is going to be spinning alot for a long time to come. If you haven't given this a chance yet, you are truly missing a big chance to be very, very impressed with something. This is one of the very few purchases I've made that have actually exceeded my expectations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing Listening Experience

    Well, not that it hasn't been said already, but this is quite easily one of, if not the most, meaningful jazz albums ever made. Each chart is highly accessible, making this album perfect for someone who wants an introduction to jazz; furthermore, every member of Miles' group is a jazz superstar in his own right. "So What" often gets the most attention, but my favorite chart (of all time, perhaps) is "All Blues". Miles really knows how to create an ambience, and the solos are beautiful. Enjoy what drummer Jimmy Cobb calls an album "made in heaven".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greates Jazz Album Ever Made

    Incredible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Queen/King of Stars

    This music connects me with my beginnings, my heritage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome miles davis

    i like this music from start to finish you cant get much better than this one...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BUY THIS ALBUM!!!

    This is by far, not only the greatest Miles Davis album... but the greatest jazz album ever made. Miles Davis' smokey, yet sexy, trumpet playing is at it's peak in every chart on the album... from the mild-paced "Freddie Freeloader" to the slow, and my personal favorite, "Blue In Green." This album, itself, revolutionized jazz from the begining... This is a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Darkest Blue is the deepest blue

    I know little but I know that this is ... something else! Welcome to Scotland - not yet free - but GLORY we will be soon ( there's one one distance MILES - that's the road and the Miles .....)

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