Kind of Blue
is an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue
posses such a mystique? Perhaps because this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of "So What." From that moment on, the record never really changes pace; each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue
is more than easy listening. It's the pinnacle of modal jazz: tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality.