Sunday Morning Music: Kind of Blue Turns 55
55 years ago today, Miles Davis’ masterpiece album, Kind of Blue was released. Recorded to three track tape at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York City on March 2 and April 22, 1959 the album featured a preview of the immense talent coming down the jazz pipe, with pianist Bill Evans, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.
Considered not only one of the most influential and best-selling jazz albums of all time, Kind of Blue is regularly included in lists of the most influential albums of all-time, in any genre.
As was Davis’ habit, he gave very little information to the musicians ahead of time about what they were going to play. As Evans wrote in the liner notes, “Miles conceived these settings only hours before the recording dates.”
The result? Masterful. If you have this album, give it a spin. If not, you know where to find us.