℗ Originally released 1959 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Miles’ finest work, one of the greatest albums ever recorded, Kind of Blue was and still is the definition of the umbrella term Jazz, although its ability to impart emotion among listeners spans music lovers of all preferred genres. Referred to by musicians as made in heaven — the airy, elevated feel a result of echo chambers and mic bleeding in Columbia’s 30th Street Studios — this album was an brief artistic endeavor from which Miles Davis chose to undertake to end the 1950s. Universally lauded, Kind of Blue in the opinion of many, as well as I, could very well comprise of the most beautiful and artistic sounds ever impressed into phonograph records. This album is best listened to in the dark, where there is no light to bias your experience.
The album to this day is one of the great masterpieces of Jazz music. Put this record on pour a great glass of red wine and listen for yourself something very special in the world of Jazz music.
This is a must have for any music enthusiast (not just jazz fanatics). Miles and company stretched the boundaries and created a masterpiece. If Jesus had a cd collection, this would be in it.
In my opinion this is one of the greatest recordings ever made - ANY genre. 50 years ago i listened to this with my girlfriend late into the morning our first year of college. 50 years later, alone now, i STILL listen to this...late into the morning. It's timeless. It takes me deep into and out of myself.
If you were only to buy one jazz album, this is the one you want to get. Master musicians at the peak of their craft. Songs you can get lost in. More than 50 years after it was realeased and it still has the chops to be played daily.
This is the album that changed the face of American jazz music in 1959. Between Brubeck, Davis, Coleman, and Mingus, a new face was added to what used to be only a two-dimensional square of bebop, and out came a cube, or better analogically, a sphere— the definition of improvisation had to be revised because of THIS ALBUM specifically! Buy it. There truly is nothing that will ever be recorded like this again.
I recently purchased Davis' "Kind of Blue" and am glad it's my first foray into jazz. It's been hailed as the father of modern jazz, and it's chocolate-smooth rhythms, disciplined horns, tight but mellow grooves, and overall gentle compentence makes this 1959 effort a true classic and an historic watershed in American music. It's stately beauty and unrivaled skill creeps up on you and fills the heart with soulful sounds, made possible by the unique and peerless instrumentalists, including the great sax god John Coltrain. In it, I hear all the jazz that came after, encapsulated in this once in a lifetime jam session.
I'll keep this short and sweet, because iTunes seems to be deleting all of the reviews/ratings from classic albums. One of the greatest pieces of music ever made. It doesn't matter if you're a jazz fanatic or have never listened to it in your life, buy this album. Nuff said.