Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

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Originally released by Columbia Records on August 17, 1959, Kind of Blue heralded the arrival of a revolutionary new American music, a post-bebop modal jazz structured around simple scales and melodic improvisation. Trumpeter/band leader/composer Miles Davis assembled a sextet of legendary players -- Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy

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Originally released by Columbia Records on August 17, 1959, Kind of Blue heralded the arrival of a revolutionary new American music, a post-bebop modal jazz structured around simple scales and melodic improvisation. Trumpeter/band leader/composer Miles Davis assembled a sextet of legendary players -- Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Bill Evans (piano) (Wynton Kelly plays piano on "Freddie Freeloader") -- to create a sublime atmospheric masterpiece. Fifty years after its release, Kind of Blue continues to transport listeners to a realm all its own while inspiring musicians to create new sounds -- from acoustic jazz to post-modern ambient -- in every genre imaginable.

Disc One of Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition features the original album in its entirety with the "Flamenco Sketches" alternate take, the rare "Freddie Freeloader" false start, and a selection of in-the-studio dialog from the Kind of Blue sessions. Disc Two presents rare musical material circa the Kind of Blue recordings, including the very first session by the classic Miles Davis sextet (May 26, 1958 -- Davis's 32nd birthday -- with Adderley, Coltrane, Evans, Chambers and Cobb), as well as studio material -- "On Green Dolphin Street," "Fran-Dance," "Stella By Starlight," "Love For Sale" -- previously available only on the Grammy-winning Davis and Coltrane boxed set (The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961). Also included on Disc Two is the first authorized release of two extended live performances: "So What" from the April 9, 1960 Den Haag Concert featuring Miles, Coltrane, Kelly, Chambers and Cobb; and "All Blues" from the April 8, 1960 Zurich Concert (featuring the same band). Disc Three is a DVD including an in-depth documentary illuminating the story behind Kind of Blue and the historic April 2, 1959 television program Robert Herridge Theater: The Sound of Miles Davis, starring Davis and Coltrane.

This deluxe Collector's Edition also includes a vinyl LP copy of Kind of Blue, a poster, and an LP-sized 60-page hardbound book. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

New York Daily News - Jim Farber
A year before it hits the half century mark, this cool-jazz touchstone receives an expanded salute.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886973355220
catalogNumber:
733552
Rank:
15070

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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
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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Kind of Blue [Columbia Jazz Masterpieces] 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
while this is one of the quitessential jazz albums of all time, it is also a perfect introduction to jazz for the unititiated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Mickey52 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first jazz cd's I ever bought and I never get tired of listening to it. Certainly one of the greatest jazz albums ever, performed by an all-star line up of artists. The only problem a beginner to jazz might have buying this is pretty much anything collected after this will seem a bit lame.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always hated jazz, then my brother sent me this album and said 'give it a chance.' The more I listen to it, the more it grows on me. This is simply amazing music. If I had to sum it up in one word: 'mellow.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do not really understand the musical concepts behind this album (tonalities vs scales, etc). All I understand is that I can put this CD in my player, press repeat, and let it play for hours and I still never tire of this music. Miles, Coltrane, and Adderly take turns with blistering solos, almost as if it is a duel! Each soloist throws down the gauntlet for the next and the challenge is met each time. This is an album for all time. There is only one bonus track because this is the only one that was finished during those sessions. The remastering is an incredible leap over the original CD release with recording speeds corrected on side 1 and adding a great deal of initimacy and warmth. Do yourself a favor and buy this one if you haven't already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pierre Sprey, founder of Mapleshade Records (considered by many the producer of the finest engineered Jazz recordings today) was asked what recording he epitomized the sound he was trying to capture. ''Kind of Blue'' was his answer. If you're hesitant about buying a recording from the 1950's, rest assured: This is a beautiful recording. Everything said about this recording is true. It's the touchstone of modern jazz. There are so many things to listen for in a great Miles Davis recording, you keep coming back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a classic, and is very beautiful in so many ways! THis is the #1 jazz album of all time...and its easy to see why. I find myself listening to this record over and over..timeless masterpiece...if you don't own this album...your really missing out on a classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many reviewers have cited this album as ''the'' definitive Miles Davis work and, for that matter, one of the best jazz albums ever produced. All for good reasons. It's innovative, smooth, thought-proking, cool, and it was far ahead of its time; witness its continuing sales more than forty years after its release. Highly recommended to jazz listeners as a true milestone of the genre, and to all listeners as a fine example of what jazz at its best can be. An icon of twentieth century music; a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whoever out there thinks that Miles Davis is just an electronica nutjob drughead must not have ever laid eyes (or ears) on ''Kind of Blue''. This is some of the best jazz that I have ever heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Regardless of the kind of music you prefer, Kind of Blue is an essential experience to include in any well-rounded, respectable music collection. Listen to it and it will be with you for a long time to come. The ultimate challenge for an artist is to articulate that which is hardest to express. Miles is playing for you. He is etching out your insides. He is answering questions you can't even articulate. But he was just a regular guy which makes his music all the more amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the most overrated Miles Davis album, but I do love it. Miles and his band play the songs by ear and the music is really relaxing. ''So What'' is indeed one of his best songs ever. ''All Blues'' is a cool blues number. One thing I like about the reissue is that when the album was originally released, it was taped slowly so it had a sharper pitch. But on this reissue, they speed the tapes up so you can hear the actual sound of the music when it was recorded. I really like jazz and this is one of my desert island discs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the modal masterpiece; Miles,Trane Cannonball!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just plan hard to beat
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jazz music is awesome. Even if you like heavy metal, you have to own this album. Every song is well-played, and it still sounds as fresh as it did more than 40 years ago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this jazz is the greatest ever heard to man, or its the greatest album of all time. Pick one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 .....)
Guest More than 1 year ago
To many people this is the quintessential jazz recording. I cant argue. Every time I listen to it I find something new and interesting within the performances. Everyone else has said what needs to be said about this album. For those who don't get it...take some time out of your day, turn off the lights, and just listen to the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like this music from start to finish you cant get much better than this one...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music connects me with my beginnings, my heritage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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".