Miles Davis A kind of Blue

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Let me talk about one op the best Jazz Albums A Kind Of Blue
Kind Of Blue is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, created August 17/59, on Columbia Records. The sessions for the album was created at a Studio in New York City on March 2 1959. The sessions featured Davis's band, which consisted of pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. Miles included Bill Evans into his sextet, Davis followed up on the modal jazz examples would be Milestones he based the album entirely on modality, in contrast to his earlier work with the be- bop style of jazz created and influenced by Charlie Parker.
Some Jazz historians’ have told us that; Kind of Blue has been Davis's best-selling album, but as the best-selling jazz record of all time. It went platinum in sales not bad for a Jazz Album . It has been regarded by many Jazz writers as the best jazz album of all time and a Jazz masterpiece. The album's influence on music, including jazz, rock, and classical music, has led musicians to acknowledge it as one of the most influential albums . In 2003, the album was rated number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Style of Jazz
Kind of Blue is based entirely on modal jazz in contrast to Davis's earlier work with the be bop style of jazz and its complex chord progression. This album was composed as a series of modal patterns, in which each the jazz performer was given a set of scales which defined their improvisation and style. This style of playing was in contrast to more typical means of composing, such as providing musicians with a music score or, as was more common for improvisational jazz, providing the player with a chord progression or harmonies within the score.
Modal jazz of this type was not unique to a Kind Of Blue. Davis himself had previously used the same method on his 1958 album Milestones. The original method had been developed in 1953 by pianist and writer George Russell. Davis saw this as a method of composing and getting away from the dense chords of bop , which Davis labeled "Thick". Modal composition, relied on scales and modes, represented, to Davis "A return to the melody." In 58 an interview with the a jazz magazine Davis explained this form of composition in contrast to the simple chord progression predominant bop, explaining "No chords ... gives you a lot more freedom and space to hear things”
The Album
Bill Evans pianist noted "Miles conceived these settings only hours before the recording dates." Evans explains continues the modes used in each composition on the album. So What consists of a mode based on two scales: sixteen measures of the first, followed by eight measures of the second, and then eight again of the first. Freddie Freeloader is a standard twelve bar blues a joy to listen to. Another track Blue in Green consists of a ten-measure cycle following a short four-measure introduction. All Blues which is my favourite is a twelve bar blues form in unstandard time 6/8 . Flamenco Sketches consists of five scales, which are each played as long as the jazz soloist wishes until he or she is completed.
Davis is the composer of all the compositions, but many writers and fans believe that Bill Evans wrote part or the whole of Blue in Green and Flamenco Sketches. But this has never been verified. Bill Evans assumed joint credit with Davis for Blue in Green when recording it on his Portrait in Jazz album. Davis acknowledged Evans' authorship in 2002. The practice of a band leader's authorship of a song written by a band players occurs frequently in jazz, as saxophonist Charlie Parker did so to Davis when Parker took credit for the tune Donna Lee, written by Davis while employed as a sideman in Charlie Parker's quintet in the 40s. The tune later became a popular jazz standard. Another example is the intro to So What, attributed to Gil Evans, which is closely based on the French composer Claude Debussy's Voiles

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