Miles Davis’ ‘Kind Of Blue’ Turned 55 This WeekPosted: August 19, 2014
Full Album – 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition HQ Audio
Kind of Blue brought together seven now-legendary musicians in the prime of their careers: tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb and of course, trumpeter Miles Davis.
And just as younger artists looked to Miles for guidance and inspiration, he looked to them for raw, new talent and innovative musical ideas. In the mid-1950s, Davis discovered gold in the subtle sounds of 25-year-old pianist Bill Evans, who he recruited into his late ’50s sextet. Evans would prove an essential contributor to the Kind of Blue sessions.
Even before Kind of Blue, Davis was experimenting with “modal” jazz, keeping the backround of a tune simple while solists played a melody over one or two “modes,” or scales, instead of busy chord progressions — the usual harmonic foundation of jazz.
In addition, Bill Evans introduced Miles to classical composers, such as Bela Bartok and Maurice Ravel, who used modalities in their compositions. Davis also drew on his knowledge of the modal qualties in the blues…(read more)
Also see – Kind Of Blue (Legacy Edition)
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