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KIND OF BLUE

Miles Davis

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.35 | 1106 ratings

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jamesbaldwin
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4 stars Look at the year: 1959! Progressive rock was not born yet, and neither was jazz rock, here we are in the field of pure jazz, and undoubtedly this record is a milestone in the history of jazz.

I am not a jazz listener, though! I listen to rock, and prog rock, and this has nothing to do with prog rock, nor with fusion music!

Therefore it is difficult for me to evaluate this record, I can only say that I like it very much even though I don't like jazz, it is certainly a class record but I don't have many terms of comparison.

However,

Miles, Coltrane, Adderley, Chambers, Bill Evans on piano and Jimmy Cobb on drums improvised in the studio, never rehearsing, these five jazz pieces (they are not songs), recording them in two sessions (two days).

The first side includes 1. So What (9:25), sustained, led by Chambers's double bass and an intense Davis solo,

2. Freddie Freeloader (9:49), more relaxed, almost a ballad, but with a nice saxophone solo

3. Blue in Green (5:37), the only "short", atmospheric, slow, romantic piece, maybe my favourite piece.

On the second side there is the long 4. All Blues (11:35) which owes the Bebop

5. Flamenco Sketches (9:25), which is perhaps the album's masterpiece, where Miles Davis' modal jazz is clearly visible, it's innovative.

Total Time 45:51

Five great pieces.

The idea of ​​modal jazz was immediately perceived as revolutionary and it was basically a music that simplifies harmony and emphasizes melody.

This is a fundamental album in the history of jazz... it's JAZZ! It has nothing to do with progressive rock, even on a historical level. I should give it 5 stars, but in my opinion it is absurd that it is in the Top 50 of progressive rock records ... because it is not Prog !!! So, I give it 4 stars.

In fact can you imagine going to a big site of Prog experts and looking at their ranking of the best records in all of prog history and finding "Kind of Blue" at the top? Come on! Nobody would give credit to that ranking, because it's not Prog.

jamesbaldwin | 4/5 |

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