Kind of Blue – Miles Davis

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Cover of the album Kind Of Blue –

For me, this is a must-have album, the first one on this list that I had in my record library (back when we still used records). I've always been passionate about hearing Miles Davis lay down each of his notes on the velvet woven by the bass protrusions and piano chords.

“Kind of Blue” was recorded in 1959 by famed trumpeter Miles Davis and his band, which included musicians such as , and . The album was recorded in two sessions in one day and is considered a turning point in Davis' career. It is the best-selling album in the history of jazz.

Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley et John Coltrane
Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane

Instead of playing on traditional jazz chords, Davis and his band took a modal approach, focusing on musical modes rather than standard chords. This allowed for greater creative freedom and gave the musicians the opportunity to focus on expressing their emotions rather than strictly adhering to musical structures.

The album was a commercial and critical success upon its release. It is often considered one of the best jazz albums of all time and has been included in many “best albums of all time” lists. Critics have praised the album's musical innovation and the virtuoso performance of Davis and his band.

Today, “Kind of Blue” remains a staple in the music world. It continues to inspire new generations of musicians and jazz fans, and is considered a timeless classic of American music.

So What?

So What? is written in a modal style, which means that it uses modes rather than traditional chords to structure the melody and chord progression. The song is played at a relatively slow tempo and is known for its Bill Evans piano solo, which adds a layer of melancholy to the already melancholy melody.

Where to listen to Kind of Blue?

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