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Kind of Blue

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If there are indeed only a handful of albums that marked their own times in the way that Kind of Blue did, there are even less which, 60 years later, continue to bear the same importance. Although this session is not as structured as the three-horn efforts of the Jazztet, there is a balance between blowing and Golson's writing that makes for a felicitous blend, whether on Golson's own "My Blues House," Gene Krupa's old burner, "Drum/Boogie," or Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays. Davis led a sextet which included pianist Bill Evans, and saxophonists John Coltrane and ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. It’s not registering as any louder on the db-o-meter but it feels louder, I don’t know how to explain it.

Miles remained proud of the album, performing at least two of its tracks — “So What” and “All Blues” — for years after, until his musical path took him in a different direction. Each song is extremely personal and at the same time, universal; covering subjects topical, humorous, and soulful; from the satirical to the sublime. Kind of blue , due to its commercial success is sometimes given a wide berth by jazz purists who insist there is better stuff out there. On Disc One, the five titles are presented intact: the first three numbers (“So What,” “Freddie Freeloader,” “Blue in Green”) that were cut on the first day of recording, two three-hour sessions on Monday, March 2, 1959; and the last two numbers (“All Blues,” “Flamenco Sketches”) recorded at the final three-hour session, Wednesday, April 22, 1959.Each UHQR will be packaged in a deluxe box and will include a booklet detailing the entire process of making a UHQR along with a hand-signed certificate of inspection.

I’d say the UHQR sounds better than both other options but this and the mono version are totally acceptable.One day, however, they might and some albums now come very close to doing so, like Kamasi Washington’s recent album: The Epic.

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