Kind of Blue [DualDisc]

Kind of Blue [DualDisc]

by Miles Davis
     
 

Kind of magnificent! Kind of Blue has been called the greatest jazz album ever made so often that you're reluctant to believe it. Believe it. Five songs -- "So What," "Freddie Freeloader," "Blue in Green," "All Blues," and "Flamenco Sketches" -- four of them hovering around 10 minutes (taking advantage of the still-recent LP format) , and every oneSee more details below

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Kind of magnificent! Kind of Blue has been called the greatest jazz album ever made so often that you're reluctant to believe it. Believe it. Five songs -- "So What," "Freddie Freeloader," "Blue in Green," "All Blues," and "Flamenco Sketches" -- four of them hovering around 10 minutes (taking advantage of the still-recent LP format) , and every one a masterpiece. Recorded in 1959 at a pivot point in jazz history --improvising over chords was giving way to the album's pioneering use of improvising over scales (or modes), and the abstractions of the '60s were brewing -- it includes everything good about the past 40 years and presages everything good about the next 40. Cool, calm, and concise, with some of jazz's most influential figures at their most potent (including Bill Evans, who also wrote the excellent liner notes, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley), Kind of Blue is perfection. The latest reissue has better sound, extra liner notes, and an alternate take of "Flamenco Sketches." All unnecessary.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lee Jeske
Kind of magnificent! Kind of Blue has been called the greatest jazz album ever made so often that you're reluctant to believe it. Believe it. Five songs -- "So What," "Freddie Freeloader," "Blue in Green," "All Blues," and "Flamenco Sketches" -- four of them hovering around 10 minutes (taking advantage of the still-recent LP format) , and every one a masterpiece. Recorded in 1959 at a pivot point in jazz history --improvising over chords was giving way to the album's pioneering use of improvising over scales (or modes), and the abstractions of the '60s were brewing -- it includes everything good about the past 40 years and presages everything good about the next 40. Cool, calm, and concise, with some of jazz's most influential figures at their most potent (including Bill Evans, who also wrote the excellent liner notes, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley), Kind of Blue is perfection. The latest reissue has better sound, extra liner notes, and an alternate take of "Flamenco Sketches." [The DualDisc features a DVD, Made In Heaven documenting the making of Kind of Blue, featuring Jimmy Cobb, and the voices of Davis and Evans.]
Barnes & Noble
Kind of magnificent! Kind of Blue,/i> has been called the greatest jazz album ever made so often that you're reluctant to believe it. Believe it. Five songs -- "So What," "Freddie Freeloader," "Blue in Green," "All Blues," and "Flamenco Sketches" -- four of them hovering around 10 minutes (taking advantage of the still-recent LP format) , and every one a masterpiece. Recorded in 1959 at a pivot point in jazz history --improvising over chords was giving way to the album's pioneering use of improvising over scales (or modes), and the abstractions of the '60s were brewing -- it includes everything good about the past 40 years and presages everything good about the next 40. Cool, calm, and concise, with some of jazz's most influential figures at their most potent (including Bill Evans, who also wrote the excellent liner notes, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley), Kind of Blue is perfection. The latest reissue has better sound, extra liner notes, and an alternate take of "Flamenco Sketches." All unnecessary. --Lee Jeske The Dualdisc includes the DVD feature, Made in Heaven, a 25-documentary about the making of Kind of Blue
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. [This DualDisc version includes the entire album, remixed in 5.1 Surround, as well as the documentary Made in Heaven -- The Story of Kind of Blue and a photo gallery.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969088722
catalogNumber:
90887

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Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

  1. So What  - Miles Davis
  2. Freddie Freeloader  - Miles Davis
  3. Blue in Green  - Miles Davis
  4. All Blues  - Miles Davis
  5. Flamenco Sketches  - Miles Davis
  6. Flamenco Sketches  - Miles Davis
  7. Made in Heaven -- The Story of Kind of Blue [Multimedia  - Miles Davis
  8. Photo Gallery  - Miles Davis
  9. Miles Speaks  - Miles Davis

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Bill Evans   Piano
Wynton Kelly   Piano
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Personnel
Miles Davis   Composer,Personnel
Bill Evans   Liner Notes,Personnel
Wynton Kelly   Personnel
Steven Berkowitz   Reissue Series
John Coltrane   Personnel
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Kevin Gore   Reissue Series
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Mark Wilder   Remixing,Remastering
Jay Maisel   Cover Photo
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Ashley Kahn   Director,Producer
Kryssy Bloch   Design Producer
Chris Lenz   Director,Producer
Jennifer Ebert   Packaging Manager
Eric Meller   Animation
Mike Nack   Authoring
Marc Stecker   Authoring
Phil Roc   Producer

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