Thursday, January 29, 2009
Kind Of Blue
This March 2nd (my birthday) will be the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis's seminal work, Kind Of Blue. NPR had a nice little piece about it this morning that inspired me to make the disc my day's soundtrack.
I've owned the album for years now, and it's still gets regular play in my house and car. I can't think of very many jazz recordings that are more important, or that still sound so fresh fifty years later. When Klaatu comes to our little blue planet looking for justification to keep us around, aside from showing him a few Peanuts specials, I would recommend playing Kind Of Blue.
Miles does a version of 'So What' on Steve Allen's Show:
Herbie Hancock gives us his interpretation of the same song, with Ron Carter and Wayne Shorter :
Tom Harrell performs 'Freddie Freeloader'