Album Title: Kind of Blue Legacy Edition
Performer: Miles Davis
Label: Legacy Recordings
Play Time: 67'20"
Kind of Blue is the most popular jazz album of all time, a quadruple platinum selling monster that has inspired countless musicians, lovers, drug addicts and intellectuals since its release in 1959. There's a song for every mood of the day on this two-CD set, particularly if you're feeling a range of emotions and all of them blue. We're talking a melancholic masterpiece performed by the legendary musicians John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Julian Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums) and Miles (trumpet).
The Kind of Blue Legacy Edition extracts music only from the label's recent deluxe box set, which included a DVD and a vinyl LP. In addition to the five songs of the 1959 release, the Legacy Edition includes alternate takes, a live 17-minute performance of "So What" and five tracks recorded by the same lineup at an earlier session. But back to those tracks that made Kind of Blue famous, the gorgeous ennui of "Blue In Green"; the sleekly swinging "So What"; the sunset squalls on some blue horizon in "Freddie Freeloader"; Spanish tinges in "All Blues"; and the serene torpor of "Flamenco Sketches". Recorded at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studio in a New York City rife with the spirits of James Dean, the Beat Generation and a nascent civil rights movement, Kind of Blue incited a similar revolution in how we hear, interpret and listen to music. Kind of Blue: Revolution on ice.