.
http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/af88dea9f6ce2c802e5ae70df753a85f2dac530e.jpg Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition Box Set

Miles Davis

Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition Box Set

Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 5 0
October 16, 2008

In the DVD that accompanies this reissue, singer Shirley Horn defines what makes Miles Davis' music resonate beyond the jazz world: "He was sexy." Aside from the sexiness in that moody trumpet, Kind of Blue introduced modal jazz — a new, less restrictive method of improvising. There's freedom in Davis' disembodied trumpet on "So What"; exhilaration in Bill Evans' fluttery piano and Paul Chambers' bluesy bass on "All Blues"; even playfulness in the solos of pianist Wynton Kelly and saxophonists John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley on "Freddie Freeloader." Davis' genius on Kind of Blue was creating music that's by turns adventurous and as sweetly accessible as a pop song. The extras are what make this package essential: The DVD includes live footage as well as stories from notables like Bill Cosby, who explains that "Freddie Freeloader" was named for a real person who sneaked into jazz shows. And the extensive liner notes offer the most complete picture of how this landmark work inspired everything from the modal guitar of the Byrds' "Eight Miles High" to Meshell Ndegeocello's hauntingly beautiful voice, which is as cool as Davis' muted trumpet.

prev
Album Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Long Walk Home”

    Bruce Springsteen | 2007

    When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com