In 1958, after a string of critically acclaimed and successful albums, Miles Davis was searching for a new direction to take the
music, and signs were pointing him off the chordal highway into a new jazz style: modal. His innovations would open up the
world for improvisers. He recruited key players with the potential to solidify his new approach, forming his famed sextet with
rising jazz giants John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans & Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. Miles hired
the little-known Evans because he needed a pianist who was into the modal thing. Davis and Evans both had developed personal
voices characterized by a melodic flow that suggested, rather than defined, musical structure. It was his relationship
with Evans that created the spark that resulted in the album Kind of Blue.
March 2 & April 22, 1959:
In only two impromptu sessions Miles Davis’s sextet created a tour de force—5 original tunes built on simple scales. Davis
was committed to getting something spontaneous out of his musicians. The entire album was composed as a series of modal
sketches and was conceived only hours before the recording dates. The outcome? Pure inspiration, and the stuff of legend—
an album made up of the first full take of each tune, captured at the historic Columbia 30th Street Studio.
The album was released on Columbia Records in 1959, stunning the jazz world by practically creating a new language of
music. Its influence goes far beyond jazz. Kind of Blue is universally considered to be one of the best albums of all time, of
any genre. Fifty years later, Kind of Blue—the epitome of spontaneous invention—is still the best selling jazz album ever.
This Collector’s Edition marks the 50th anniversary with an unprecedented presentation of music, images, insight and history
to celebrate the album that is essential to any music collection, the ideal gift item for any jazz lover, especially fans of Miles
Davis … a true collector’s set.Gatefold media carrier holding 180gram single-LP
blue vinyl (33 1/3 RPM) plus 2 CDs + 1 DVD
Perfect bound, 60-page 12”x 12” book
Large foldout poster