7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This 1959 album is pretty much the apogee of what I consider to Miles Davis' finest period, where he was interested in the modal cool jazz that he had started to pioneer 10 years before with the `Birth Of The Cool' sessions. He had recorded some fine records in between, notably the previous year's `Milestones', but here everthing really clicked and a true milestone in the annals of jazz, and indeed twentieth century music, was recorded.
This was a talented sextet consisting of Miles (trumpet), Nat Adderly (alto sax), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (double bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums). Even the uninitiated will recognise some huge jazz figures in that list, especially saxophonists Adderly and Coltrane. The wealth of talent in these recordings is breathtaking!
Building on the experiments he had been making over the last few years, Miles went for an album built completely around modality. To my ears you can still hear the bop roots of Davis' music, which informs the music and anchors it, while Davis modal experiments soar off into the ether. Using simple melodies as the backbone, the band members go off into complex solos, bouncing off each other in an amazing demonstration of interplay and group dynamic. Anchored in the rhythm section of Chambers and Cobb, some exhilarating pieces were the result. Miles' playing is at its lyrical, cool best, as he soars off into the blue yonder, literally miles ahead of the rest.
The impact of this album cannot be overstated. It influenced so many jazz albums that came after, but also many later more mainstream albums, especially those in the prog rock genre, which often fused heavier rock sounds with the kind of progressions found here.
This is a fine remastering of the album, with a sound that is clear and fresh on my stereo, and all the contributions of each musician come through with clarity. An excellent release of an excellent album, 5 stars.
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2012
Kind of Blue is the seminal Miles Davis album.
A cornerstone of every serious jazz collection.
Just don't buy this Not Now edition.
The label specialises in crappy public domain re-issues.
Sound quality and presentation is bottom of the barrel.
I rate this as a big fat zero but Amazon's review system doesn't allow no stars
Save your bucks for the real thing, in this case look for Kind of Blue on the Columbia record label.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2012
The claims that this is a remastered version of the mono release is a little misleading: what it is, is a needle-drop copy of the original mono vinyl edition transferred (no doubt the label would call this 'remastered') onto CD. Yes, you get to feel a little closer to the source of the magic that is A Kind of Blue, but you also get the rumble, pop and crackle of ye olde vinyl. Rumours persist that Columbia are preparing a Miles Davis mono box. While it is also documented that they have lost the original mono mix tapes of Kind of Blue, whatever the truth turns out to be I'd wait for that to happen if I was you.