Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue (1959)
Note: the CD I listened to was the 1997 reissue that includes an alternate take of Flamenco Sketches.
Simply the greatest jazz album of all time.
Tracks: It borders on sacrilege to pick a favorite, but I've always been partial to Freddie Freeloader and All Blues.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I use this album as an aural gateway drug. Every now and then, a person approaching middle age will come to me and say something like, "I want to start listening to jazz." I tell them to buy this album (heck, you can legally download the whole thing from Amazon for $2.99), listen to it at least once a week for six months, then come back and talk to me. I also recommend the book Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece by Ashley Kahn ("No, you can't borrow my copy."). Admittedly, my method of jazz music indoctrination has met with varying results, but what method wouldn't?
Previously revisited for the blog:
Panthalassa: The Remixes (1999)
The Complete Birth of the Cool (1998)
This Is Jazz, Vol. 8: Miles Davis Acoustic (1996)
Live Around The World (1996)
The Hot Spot: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1990)
Music from Siesta (1987)
In A Silent Way (1969)
Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall (1961)
Sketches of Spain (1960)