Artist: MILES DAVIS
Title: “Kind of Blue”
Original stereo pressing on medium weight vinyl. Label is red with black text, 6 eye logo,
with deep groove. Catalog number is CS
numbers: XSM47326-1AA / XSM47327-1AA.
Miles Davis – trumpet and leader
Julian Adderly – alto sax
John Coltrane – tenor sax
Wynton Kelly – piano
Bill Evans – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
James Cobb - drums.
DISC: EXCELLENT with
100% of original gloss, appears to have been played a very small number of
times and handled with care. There are a
few slight paper scuffs, not audible, no serious marks or issues. Fidelity is excellent. Labels are clean with no spindle trail marks. You will be hard pressed to find a nicer cleaner
6-eye first pressing!
is nice VG++. A few slight traces of ring
wear, and a light crease at top right corner are noted. The original retail price sticker showing a
price of $2.00 is affixed to the front. Slight
darkening on reverse. Minor wear on
seams and at corners, but no splits. No
cutout marks, writing, or other issues.
Overall a very fine jacket to accompany the exellent disc.
of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album
that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive
jazz album. To be reductive, it's the Citizen Kane of jazz -- an accepted work
of greatness that's innovative and entertaining. That may not mean it's the greatest jazz album
ever made, but it certainly is a universally acknowledged standard of
excellence. Why does Kind of Blue possess such a mystique? Perhaps it's that 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 chords, not the overall key, giving the music a subtly
shifting quality. All of this doesn't
quite explain why seasoned jazz fans return to this record even after they've
memorized every nuance. They return
because this is an exceptional band - Miles, Coltrane, Bill Evans, Cannonball
Adderly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Wynton Kelly -- one of the greatest in
history, playing at the peak of its power. As Evans said in the original liner notes for
the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to
recording. Davis laid out the themes and
chords before the tape rolled, and then the band improvised. The end results were wondrous, filled with
performances that still crackle with vitality. Few albums of any genre manage to work on so
many different levels, but Kind of Blue
does. It can be played as background
music, yet it amply rewards close listening. It is advanced music that is extraordinarily
enjoyable. It may be a stretch to say
that if you don't like Kind of Blue,
you don't like jazz -- but it's hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone
of any jazz collection.”
(review courtesy of Stephen Thomas Erlewine,
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