Friday, August 17

On this day in 1959...

On this day in 1959 Columbia Records released Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, one of the most influential records of all time! Certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA, Kind of Blue was recorded at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City in two sessions on March 2nd and April 22nd in 1959 by Teo Macero and Irving Townsend. The album features the first famous Miles Davis Sextet - pianist Bill Evans (Wynton Kelly on one track), drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. The album abandons the major and minor key relationship predominate in western classical music and instead uses a modal base theory of composition that had been introduced to Miles thru George Russell's book Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. This style of playing based the improvisation on scales (instead of chord changes), freeing the soloist from the constraints of bebop.

"If you're trying to be hip, be hip!" - Miles Davis


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