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KIND OF BLUE

Miles Davis

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.38 | 612 ratings

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Warthur
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5 stars Not, of course, a progressive rock album at all, but Kind of Blue is one of those rare albums which demand to be listen to even if you aren't a fan of the genre it arose from. The plaintive trumpet work of Miles is at the heart of the five compositions on offer, with moods ranging from the breezy, busy "So What" to the infinitely calm "Blue In Green", one of the most laid-back tracks in any genre. The rhythm section of Jimmy Cobb on drums and Paul Chambers on double bass is backed up by the piano work of Bill Evans (Wynton Kelly on "Freddie Freeloader") in order to create the perfect sonic backdrop for the main attraction - the brass instruments. The triumvirate of Davis on trumpet, Cannonball Adderley on alto sax, and John Coltrane on tenor sax represents an incredible drawing together of top-drawer jazz talent, and each of the three is captured at the top of their game.

If you don't like this album, then you just don't like mid-20th Century jazz full stop. It is calmer, quieter, and above all slower than much fusion work, so if you're expecting some Mahavishnu- style shredding - or even some spacey Bitches' Brew/In a Silent Way keyboard work - you're just in the wrong place. But if you want to explore jazz, start here first. If it doesn't work for you, consider turning back; pure jazz doesn't get better than this.

Warthur | 5/5 |

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