Miles Davis: Kind of Blue

Best-selling jazz album in history. Most important jazz album ever recorded. Certified quadruple platinum. #12 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest albums of all time. These are just a few of the accolades tossed around for this album, which continues to sell by the thousands each week, 50 years after its release. No less than 3 books have been written about it. It has been repackaged and rereleased in so many ways, including a DualDisc in 5.1 sound, Legacy Edition 2 Disc Set, a box set with Miles & Coltrane, and a deluxe 50th Anniversary CD/DVD/LP set. Featuring a legendary band that included John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Bill Evans, this is at the very top of several people’s desert island list (mine included). Miles walked into church basement turned into recording studio with a handful of sketches the musicians hadn’t even seen and emerged at the end of the day with a masterpiece that still sound fresh today. It’s influence on jazz, classical, and popular music has been enormous, including the Velvet Underground and the Allman Brothers. Quincy Jones calls it his “orange juice” and claims to listen to it daily. All I know is that my spirit begins to lack when I go to long without hearing the sound of Miles’ muted trumpet. Everyone needs a copy of this on their shelf. EVERYONE. (Buy it here.)

Suggested Reading:

Kahn, Ashley. Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece.

Nisenson, Eric. The Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece.

Williams, Richard. The Blue Moment: Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music.