Kind of Blue Miles Davis: Kind of Blue, rec. 1959

Miles Davis, leader, trumpet
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, alto saxophone
Bill Evans, piano
Wynton Kelly, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums

  1. So What
  2. Freddie Freeloader

  3. Blue In Green

  4. Flamenco Sketches

  5. All Blues
Kind of Blue

Praise for Miles Davis's Kind of Blue

"It's one thing to just play a tune, or play a program of music, but its another thing to practically create a new language of music which is what Kind of Blue did - [Miles] created a new language." - Chick Corea (1998)

"It's probably the most beautiful record every made. Miles definitely played so melodic, it was perfect. I know piano players love it because of Bill Evans, and I know saxophone players love it because of Trane and Cannon. I love it because of Miles." - Wallace Roney (1999)

"Today, if I were to take a vacation and only take three or four records, this would be records one and two." - Ron Carter (1998)

"That kind of playing [his own work with the Allman Brothers] comes from Miles and Coltrane, and particularly Kind of Blue. I've listened to that album so many times for the past couple of years, I haven't hardly listened to anything else. - Duane Allman (c. 1970)

"This is a remarkable album. Using very simple but effective devices, Miles has constructed an album of extreme beauty and sensitivity." - Downbeat (1959)

"I don't know why, but that will always be my music, man. I play Kind of Blue EVERY day - it's my orange juice. It still sounds like it was made yesterday." - Quincy Jones (1999)

"It's like listening to Tosca . . . you always cry, at least I do." - Shirley Horn (1999)

"That's the Bible, man. That's the way people felt about Kind of Blue. It essentially became the Bible about 6 months after it came out." - Donald Fagen, Steely Dan (1999)

"I hear it sometimes in some of the movements of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Or when I hear Pablo Casals play unaccompanied cello. I hear that quality. I think it's a universal epitome of sophistication in music development. It's a forum for a great artist to perform at the peak of their development - it's just something that will endure for hundreds of years, maybe a thousand years." - Elvin Jones (1999)

"I heard it in 1960 when I was in high school in Memphis. I was amazed, it was so ahead of me . . . it definitely was an influence on me and a whole variety of people. Some of Coltrane's and Cannonball's solos I know by heart-I can sing the solos!" - Maurice White, Earth, Wind and Fire (2000)

"It presented a doorway for the musicians of my generation, the first doorway that we were exposed to in our lifetimes." - Herbie Hancock (1999)

"Something dramatic happened in the musical environment hearing [Kind of Blue] for the first time. You know, people describe the first time they heard Charlie Parker. I'm thinking that Kind of Blue is similar, that when you heard that record, you knew that the environment had changed permanently." - Ben Sidran (1999)

See also my recommendation of Jon Hendricks' Freddie Freeloader.
maintained by Thomas Hönisch TOP last update: July 13, 2001