Everyone needs to hear this recording! There are two cds that go with me everywhere: Herbie Mann at the Village Gate, and Kind of Blue. It's the first one I give anyone who's interested in hearing new music, and I've given it as a gift more than any other album!
the definitive jazz recording Kind of Blue stands alone, note for note, as the perfect jazz recording of all time. Am I prone to hyperbole? Perhaps, but not in this case. This recording defines modern jazz. Recorded in 1959, the year I was born, it sounds as fresh as any straight-ahead jazz recorded today. Miles is urbane and passionate. Trane is powerful and probing. Cannonball is bluesy and soulful. Bill Evans is lyrical and whistful. Paul Chambers is strong and steady. Jimmy Cobb propels and navigates the band. The compositions are structured enough to be memorable, but open enough to allow unique and intelligent solos. And the cuts were mostly all first takes! I mean, damn, what more could you ask for from a jazz album?
best encapsulation of the sound of miles along with Cannonball's "Somethin' Else" this is one of my favorite Miles Davis recordings of all time. Cannonball also shines but I do like his performance on Somethin' Else a little more - just personal preference, he seems more exuberant and less subdued. But, the only reason I would draw the comparison to begin with is because both of these albums vie for the title "greatest jazz album of all time," which I think it is obvious enough means that this is a must-have for any jazz fan. Besides that, what can you say about a masterpeice that will not reduce it to something comprehendable on only a superficial layer? I guess it's enough to simply say that this album is some of the finest jazz musicians to have ever lived, doing what they do best. Great album, probably marked most by the stand-out track So What.