August 17, 1959
Jazz, Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Hard Bop, Modal Music, Trumpet Jazz

Album Review

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.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. So What
  2. Freddie Freeloader
  3. Blue in Green
  4. All Blues
  5. Flamenco Sketches
  6. Flamenco Sketches [Alternate Take][*]