Monday, August 17, 2009

Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary

50 years ago today Columbia Records released Miles Davis's album, Kind of Blue. This is probably the greatest album of America's greatest musical invention.

As Herbie Hancock says in the mini-documentary below:
Here's a record that I could recommend to anyone--from any country, of any age. If you want to hear the spirit of jazz, listen to Kind of Blue.

And here's the first part of a BBC documentary entitled "1959: The Year That Changed Jazz":

Update: Fred Kaplan explains the album's greatness. HT: Z

There's also a book on the making of the masterpiece, though I haven't yet seen the book and don't know how good it is.