Wednesday, January 14, 2009
MORE than 50 years after it was recorded, Miles Davis's seminal jazz record Kind Of Blue could be set to hit the top 40 in 2009, thanks to the new Legacy Editions release.
And it's astounding to me, considering this recording is nearly twice my senior, how fresh it still sounds.
What really stands out over the five semi-improvised tracks is the freedom that the all star line up - which includes Miles himself as well as legends such as "Cannonball" Adderley and John Coltrane - seem to have.
Nothing here is pushed too far, there's no over-the-top exhibitionism or frenetic playing that turn off the casual listener - just the kind of cool, laid-back jazz that made Kind Of Blue set the standard for jazz standards ever since.