21. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (1959)
1. So What
2. Freddie Freeloader
3. Blue In Green
4. All Blues
5. Flamenco Sketches
Have you heard this album? No...? What the hell are you doing here anyway... have you been in a coma for 46 years? If you have my apologies, if you haven't and still don't know Kind of Blue please click the link at the bottom of the review to the Amazon of your preference seeing as I get 5% of your spending hehe, while you're at it buy yourself a 50 inch LCD TV... thanks.
Ok, this is probably the best and most important Jazz album of all time. Not only is it innovative shit, bringing to fruition what you could hear in Birth of Cool but it is also listenable! Yay! And listenable is an understatement, it is one of the most beautiful albums I had the pleasure of listening to. First it's a super-band, not just Davies, but Coltrane, Evans, "Cannonball" Adderley and so on, making it one of the best ever combinations of interpreters in Jazz history. There is not one single dispensible track in the whole album, from So What? to Flamenco Sketches this is gold.
Interestingly enough, the band had never played these pieces before the recording, Davies showed up with some sketches of what he wanted and all else was improv. More spectacularly still is the fact that all of the songs in this album were done in a single take, except for Flamenco Sketches which took 2. In the CD editions of the album the alternate take for Flamenco Sketches is added as a bonus track, and honestly it is not any worse than the definitive version.
This is an album which I have discovered quite some years back, in my first year of university. I had to leave home to be able to properly appreciate it, seeing as it was one of those albums that my father played and as a reaction I disliked, because I was forced to hear it. But since rediscovering it 6 years ago I have not gotten tired of it, and return to it often and fondly. There are not many albums with the same capacity as this one. And frankly I couldn't give a monkey's ass for all the tonality and modality shit happening here. The good thing is that that stuff never overpowers the beauty and quality of the music itself.
So, if you don't know it get it, if you don't like jazz get it, you might start liking it. You can stream it on Napster or buy it at Amazon, UK or US.
All of it really. It;s just five tracks for fuck's sake.
10/10 (the first one)
Miles, Coltrane and Evans did heroin, but didn't share needles, so learn from the Jazz masters kids!
Well they probably did... but they're all dead now! Just say no!
Three of the interpreters on this album will have Albums reviewed here on their own releases. (Miles already had one but he will have more)