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'


Lodo Grdzak said...

That's actually Miles' trumpet Wallace Roney is playing there. Interesting that they chose him to head that retro-band. Sounds damn good here too. And yet another nod to Detroit with Ron Carter on the bass!

Spencer Troxell said...

Interesting to know that Roney is playing Miles' trumpet. Thanks for that tidbit.

Ron Carter is a great bassist. I like his work with Bill Frisell alot, and his CD 'Stardust' is very good.