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KIND OF BLUE

Miles Davis

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.38 | 595 ratings

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friso
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4 stars Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (1959)

Bop. Pure Bop. Essential Bop.

Technically this album has very little to do with the upcoming jazz-rock/fusion movement of the late sixties and early seventies. This album shows Miles Davis playing legendary Be-Bop (walking acoustic bass, high-hat dominated drums, piano, wind-section and lot's of wind solo's). Kind of Blue has that elegant, classy jazz sound which still dominates the interpretation of the word 'jazz', or 'classic jazz'.

The idea of this album was to have long improvisations on chord-progressions with little chord-changes, which gives the album is amazing relaxing feel. The music isn't less technical, but it concentrates on the possibilities of the one chord. Guest star John Coltrane on tenor saxophone is very welcome, though the main attraction remains kind subtle, Miles Davis. His solo's are all amazing.

The album has a very balanced sound because of the five pieces that have different atmospheres. So What is has a cool sound and a good progression. Freddie Freeloader has some non-challenge in it, Blue in Green is a ballad type track, all Blues is intimate and my favorite Flamenco Sketches is magical. This last track has this amazing low pace, this perfect chord progression (which I use myself for guitar improvisations) and great atmosphere.

Perhaps this isn't essential for the progressive rock fan, but every-one open-minded for quality music will fall in love with this cornerstone of the bebop genre.

Conclusion. Buy.

friso | 4/5 |

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