Kind of Blue turns 50
March 3, 2009 1:22 AM Subscribe
As jazz fans know, fifty years ago on March 2, 1959, Miles Davis, Bill Evans
, John Coltrane
, Cannonball Adderley,
Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb met at the Columbia 30th Street Studios in NYC for the first session of Miles new album, Kind of Blue
. (Link goes to the 50th anniversary collector's box set edition page at amazon.) It was the touchstone for many other future recordings bearing its mighty influence and it fostered several high profile careers, and a new modal sound for jazz. Kind of Blue
went on to be certified platinum, selling 4 million records,
the most ever for a jazz album. Bill Evans had left the band in late 1958, but was called back by Miles for the sessions, which included his new pianist Wynton Kelly on one track only, Freddie Freeloader.
The tunes they did that day, "So What"
, "Blue in Green"
(written by Evans, though credited to Miles) and "Freeloader" all became standards as did "All Blues" from the April session. Documentaries and entire books have been written on this one album alone. The phenomenon lives on. (previously
on AskMeFi, but just on Trane and Miles.)
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