Monday, August 17, 2009

Kind of Blue

Today is a day of celebration! 17 August 1959 Columbia Records released Miles Davis´ "Kind of Blue" . 50 years ago today, and if you still have not got this one (OK, I know you got it), better get a luxury edition or just the "plain" original at once.
Musicians on the record are: Miles Davis (tp), Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (as), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), John Coltrane (ts), Bill Evans (p)– piano and Wynton Kelly (p).

And I just might end up with one more book: Richard Williams "The Blue Moment: Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music" (Faber). Williams is tracing inspirations from "Kind of Blue" outside the jazz scene too. Mike Hobart in Financial Times says in his review that : "Minimalist composers La Monte Young and Terry Riley, funk innovator James Brown and his saxophonist sideman PeeWee Ellis, Soft Machine’s Robert Wyatt and the Nordic jazz associated with ECM were directly influenced. With Velvet Underground, Mike Oldfield and Brian Eno the influence was more oblique but, as Williams argues, just as discernible".

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