Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
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Miles Davis - Kind of Blue: Wikipedia Album Entry
Released August 17, 1959
Recorded March 2 and April 22, 1959 (New York, New York)
Producer Teo Macero
* Miles Davis – trumpet, leader
* Julian "Cannonball" Adderley – alto saxophone, except on "Blue in Green"
* John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
* Wynton Kelly – piano, only on "Freddie Freeloader"
* Bill Evans – piano on all, except "Freddie Freeloader", liner notes
* Paul Chambers – bass
* Jimmy Cobb – drums
Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released August 17, 1959 on Columbia Records, in both mono and stereo. Recording sessions for the album took place at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City on March 2 and April 22, 1959. The sessions featured Davis's ensemble sextet, which included pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. Production for the album was handled entirely by record producers Teo Macero and Irving Townsend. Following the inclusion of Bill Evans into his sextet, Davis followed up on the modal experimentations of Milestones (1958) and the '58 Sessions. Influenced by pianist George Russell's concept of scale-based musical improvisation, Davis conceived Kind of Blue entirely on modality in contrast to his earlier work with the hard bop style of jazz and its complex chord progression.
Though precise figures have been disputed, Kind of Blue has been cited by many music writers as Miles Davis's best-selling album, as well as the best-selling jazz record of all time. On October 7, 2008, the album was certified quadruple platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It has been regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz album of all time and Davis's masterpiece, and it has been ranked at or near the top of several "best album" lists in disparate genres. The album's influence on music, including jazz, rock and classical music, has led music writers to acknowledge it as one of the most influential albums of all time. In 2002, it was one of fifty recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 2003, the album was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2008, a box set release of Kind of Blue was issued by Legacy Records in commemoration of its fiftieth anniversary.
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Hues of blues and greens surround me
Knowing you have found another love
Has turned me world to sorrow
Miles Davis walked off the stage
That's what the folks are all saying
Oh yes, he did leave the stage
After his solo was all over
The sea, the sky, both you and I
the sea, the sky, the you and I
I know we're all blues
all shades, all hues, all blues