Friday, August 17, 2012

All Blues



I'm reminded that today we celebrate the release of Kind of Blue.   Probably more than any other album, this quintessential modern album made jazz cool, and it is played as much today as it was when it first came out in 1959.  You just can't beat the laid back Blues of Miles, Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, along with the amazing rhythm section of Bill Evans, Jimmy Cobb and Paul Chambers.  Ashley Kahn wrote a book a few years back on the making of Kind of Blue.  He also wrote a book on John Coltrane's classic album, A Love Supreme.

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  1. Great album, but then his entire body of work is incredible. His CDs are never more than a few inches away.

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  3. The link below will take you to a nice group of songs that someone has downloaded. Great rendition of Nature Boy from the Blue Moods album.

    http://www.desitara.com/groupvideos/bestmilesdavissongs/random

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    1. Nice. I have that CD but nice to just have it playing on my computer this a.m.

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  4. What gets me is how modern the sound was at that time. Not just Miles, but Mingus, Monk, Rollins, Brubeck and others as well. There are some very good young jazz musicians today, but the late 50s and early 60s represents the high point of jazz in my mind.

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  5. For a couple years in the late 60s I volunteered at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Got to meet a lot of the great musicians and just hang out around the backstage. Incredible experience.

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