Miles Davis
Kind of Blue


5.0
classic

Review

by BirdsOfFires USER (5 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 182 replies


Release Date: 1959 | Tracklist


Miles Davis’ 1959 Jazz masterpiece Kind Of Blue changed jazz forever. It’s one of those rare recordings that changes the genre it’s associated with so that the genre is henceforth defined as that album. Nirvana’s Nevermind comes to mind, as the definitive grunge album. In short, Kind of Blue is THE definitive jazz album. However, it isn’t just the definitive jazz record. It’s one of the greatest albums of all time. The songs are simple, nothing like Coltrane’s or Miles’ later work, but Miles and company have such flawless tone and Miles’ compositions have such soul that this album triumphs in every way. My dad, a famous jazz musician, says that this album, along with Coltrane’s Impressions, got him through high school and life in general. It’s that kind of album, it’s an album you’d give to a lover or to a child, to someone whose life you wanted to change.

Immerse yourself in Kind Of Blue, and you enter a dark and mysterious, almost sexy world with a zen like calm. This album isn’t just an album, it’s an experience.

So What
This song eases in on Bill Evan’s piano, joined soon by the full ensemble. It's a sort of showcase of the band, and it in itself is proof of Miles' skill at arranging the perfect band, if not of god's existence. Although it's not my personal favorite song on the album, it's extremely cool, and extremely smooth. In a good way, not a Kenny G way.
10/10

Freddie Freeloader
This is one of those jazz songs that you know. No seriously, you've heard this song. It's in about 1000 movies, not to mention countless rock DJs who play it in the background while they talk. I heard it on Live 105 once while a DJ was talking. Wyn Kelly plays piano on this one, taking a solo after the ever-recognizable horn intro. I love his piano playing, it's very simple, but extremely articulate and wonderful. Miles' and Coltrane solos follow, both completely flawless. Miles leaving space as usual, Coltrane, who's just beginning to explore his full speed and "sheets of sound" especially shines, on what is IMO his finest moment on this album.
10/10

Blue In Green
A ballad, this song features mostly Miles. The softest song on the album, it's also my least favorite. However, Miles' compositional genius shines on this one, and the Piano, courtesy of Bill Evans, is awesome. This is one of the greatest jazz ballads of all time, and it's something that takes a second listen to get into. Sure, I don't like it as much as the rest of the album, but it's still amazing.
10/10

All Blues
This is, yes, a blues. It's also completely revolutionary. It's the first jazz blues based song to use Modal soloing rather than Chordal. It's genius. The overlaying of the three horns in the beginning of this song is absolutely stunning. It's real cool for a blues, it keeps it's integrity, and isn't gritty in the slightest. This song features especially fine work from drummer Jimmy Cobb, who at times sounds almost like the then pre-teen Tony Williams. Evan's phrasing here is something that would obviously later influence Cecil Taylor. This song features strong solos again, and really shines.
10/10

Flamenco Sketches
The song is something that really influenced my playing. I heard it before I heard the second, full, take, but I like this one better. It's a little rawer than the rest of the albums, and it feels like a dark night in the rain. Miles' muted trumpet sound shines through here, on what is arguably his best trumpet work ever. Words can't really describe this song, it's absolutely amazing.
10/10

Flamenco Sketches (Alternate Take)
Another version of an amazing song. What can I say? Although not as cool as the original, it's outstanding and genius.
Another
10/10

Bottom line is, if this isn’t in your collection, you don’t have a collection. Rock and punk, metal and rap, pop and jazz fans alike will love this record.
It’s the Sgt. Pepper of jazz, really, good for relaxing, drinking, meditating, making love, and just plain listening. So get it-and dig it. Oh, and buy someone you love a copy.

This album is simply genius. It's completely amazing. Words cannot describe.


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Frodo
November 27th 2003


17 Comments


That was an amazing review. The best I've read so far. Excellent job.

Miles Davis certainly had the perfect band behind him for this one, its just a joy to hear.

Clearly up there with the best albums ever made, anybody who enjoys music can enjoy this. 5/5

Again, wonderful review BoFs.

Mekkalayakay
December 2nd 2003


167 Comments


Great review. :thumb: I'll be sure to pick up the album next time I hit the store. I've heard sound samples of the tracks on this album, and the music itself is amazing.

And thanks for suggesting this BoF. I'll tell you how I like it once I get it. :thumb:

Mekkalayakay
December 7th 2003


167 Comments


After listening to this full album, I most say that BoF did a great job on this review. Kind of Blue is an album that is really easy to relax to, and Miles Davis really proves that he is a musical genius on this album.

5/5

BirdsOfFires
December 7th 2003


92 Comments


Your comment fu[/i]cking sucked you stupid uneducated as[i]shole!





































:D


Just Kidding!!! !!! [/retard]

CheeseyBread
June 11th 2004


12 Comments


Nice review, BoF, do you want to write for the upcoming Everythingrock.com . If so email me At [email]jvining@pointlessthings.com[/email]

CrazedGuitarist
June 12th 2004


3 Comments


I just bought Kind of Blue the other day and i really like it. It's one of the only jazz albums i can stand to listen to. my favorite song is So What! not that it really matters

Kingadamx
June 26th 2004


120 Comments


I have a huge cd collection and Kind of Blue is the gem of that collection. It's a great album to relax to. Great Review!!!

ZEROthirtythree
June 26th 2004


234 Comments


I have had this cd for years, never gave it a listen yet though :lol:

Zappa
June 26th 2004


355 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^that's not funny




br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 26th 2004


2125 Comments


I almost bought this the other day. I'll get it soon, it's on sale

How long is it, only six songs is kinda....yeah

Munky_Jam
June 26th 2004


3 Comments


i think you'll find that this album is or was until recently the highest selling album of all time, so obviously miles davis sold out. just kidding this is my favourite miles album (not coltranes best i think) but god **** it has to be the finest touches by paul chambers ever, sadly his contribution s i think were ignored in the review and he made the album what it was especially on my favourite so what

Zappa
June 27th 2004


355 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[QUOTE=br3ad_man]I almost bought this the other day. I'll get it soon, it's on sale

How long is it, only six songs is kinda....yeah[/QUOTE]

About 55 minutes. Not a jazz fan? 6 songs or less is not uncommon for a jazz record. With Miles, Coltrane, Cannonball, and Bill all taking solos that last several choruses each, it makes for pretty long performances on each tune. However, I find that listening to this album, each tune seems to go by in no time. The solos are all very directional and never go on for longer than they should, so you kind of drift off with the performers, who don't fly off the handle and get self-indulgent at all. I can't do it justice with words, it's something you've got to hear.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 27th 2004


2125 Comments


I am a fan of Jazz, I've just never bought a jazz album.

fugazijap
July 4th 2004


2 Comments


you should be writing a book or magazine or something great review . KInd of blue is a classic but bitches brew has to be my favorite

Tangy zizzle
July 4th 2004


253 Comments


I need this album, but it's rather expensive round these parts, and I don't wanna download it.

Zappa
July 4th 2004


355 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Target sells it for $9.99.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 4th 2004


2125 Comments


Tangy, I don't know if they have JB Hi Fi in NZ, but you can get it there for 10 bucks.

FillInTheBlankHere___
July 5th 2004


64 Comments


Which release would you guys recommend of Kind of Blue? I've seen two or three different copies in stores...

Tangy zizzle
July 5th 2004


253 Comments


[QUOTE=br3ad_man]Tangy, I don't know if they have JB Hi Fi in NZ, but you can get it there for 10 bucks.[/QUOTE]


Nope. Don't have one of those here.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 5th 2004


2125 Comments


too bad



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