CL 1355 Columbia - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - Pressed at RTI
Limited Edition - Mono - Mastered By Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
The reissue's mix down from three tracks to one has been so skillfully and carefully done, even veteran mono KOB listeners might have difficulty guessing the source were that the only criterion. However, compared to my later "6-eye" 1AJ pressing, the reissue sounds far less "milky-cloudy" and far more transparent to the source, without veering off into the analytical. You can 'see' further into the mix and hear a clear delineation of direct and echo chamber sound as well as what sounds like 30th street studio room sound. Instrumental timbers are natural and textures rich. But most importantly, the music experience is complete and organically "whole," making a strong case for the superiority of the mono mix. If you love this record (and who in the world does not?), the mono reissue is a necessity not an "add-on" option! Sound 11/10 Music 11/10 Michael Fremer Analogue plant
So much as been said and written about Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue", it's virtually impossible to summarize all the info to the length of this page.
We could simply list some facts (best sold Jazz album ever worldwide). "This painterly masterpiece is one of the most important, influential and popular albums in jazz. At the time it was made, Kind of Blue was also a revolution all its own. Turning his back on standard chord progressions, trumpeter Miles Davis used modal scales as a starting point for composition and improvisation — breaking new ground with warmth, subtlety and understatement in the thick of hard bop."
We could try to explain why it's the best jazz album ever made, but the music itself will do that. As Bill Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Miles Davis laid out the themes before the tape rolled and the band improvised. The end results were fragile and wondrous. Recorded during two sessions in 1959, Kind of Blue worked on many different levels and will do so for many years to come.
This is a very special version of the most influential jazz album ever.
Miles Davis, trumpet
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, alto sax
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Paul Chambers, double bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums
Bill Evans, piano
Wynton Kelly, piano
1. So What
2. Freddie Freeloader
3. Blue In Green
4. All Blues
5. Flamenco Sketches
RTI HQ-180 Vinyl
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