Kind of Blue

~ Release group by Miles Davis

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Kind of Blue (stereo)12" Vinyl5
  • US1959-08-17
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CS 8163
Kind of Blue (mono)12" Vinyl5
  • US1959-08-17
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CL 1355
Kind of BlueReel-to-reel3
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)GCB 60
Kind of BlueReel-to-reel5
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CQ 379
Kind of BlueCD5
CBS/Sony (imprint used in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia 1968–1991; also used in Spain until 1997)35DP 62[none]
Kind of BlueCD5
CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)CK 08163074640816321
Kind of BlueCD5
CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)CBS 460603 25099746060329
Kind of BlueCD5
CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)CDCBS 620669399706206627
Kind of BlueCD5
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CK 40579074644057928
Kind of BlueCD5
  • US1992-12-08
MasterSoundCK 64403074646440322
Kind Of Blue (Limited Edition, Longbox)CD5
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings), MasterSoundCK 52861074645286129
Kind of BlueCD5
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)460603 2, COL 460603 25099746060329
Kind of Blue (20-bit remastered version)CD6
  • US1997-03-25
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CK 64935074646493526
Kind of BlueCD6
  • XE1997-03-27
  • GB1997-04-07
Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Columbia JazzCK 649355099706493525
Kind of BlueCD6
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)2-649355099706493525
Kind of BlueCD6
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)487496 29399700034509
Kind of BlueCD6
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)CK 6493577749942862102
Kind of BlueCD + DVD-Video6 + 1
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)51733035099751733034
Kind of BlueCD6
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)COL 494853 25099749485327
Kind Of BlueSACD6
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)CS 64935074646493564
Kind of BlueCD6
  • JP2000-05-24
SME Records (Japanese imprint - not equivalent to "Sony Music Entertainment")SRCS 97014988009970196
Kind of BlueSACD (2 channels) + SACD (multichannel)6 + 6
  • US2001-08-14
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CS 64935074646493564
Kind of Blue12" Vinyl5
  • US2001-09-17
Classic Records (audiophile reissues)CS 8163
Kind of BlueHybrid SACD6
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)064935 95099706493594
Kind of Blue2×DualDisc6 + 13
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CN 90887827969088722
Kind of BlueCD5
  • JP2006-09-27
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP 12064547366026573
Kind of BlueHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer)5 + 10
  • JP2007-10-24
Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.)SICP 100834547366033267
Kind of Blue2×CD15 + 6
  • US2008-09-30
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 33552 2-D1, 88697 33552 2-D2886973355220
Kind of Blue (legacy edition)2×CD15 + 6
  • US2009-01-20
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 27105 2886972710525
Kind of BlueCD6
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697439232886974392323
Kind of Blue(unknown)5
  • US2010-01-01
The Orchard (US distributor; division of Sony Music since 2015)
Kind of Blue2×Vinyl5 + 2
Music on Vinyl (imprint of Music on Vinyl B.V. Do not use for manufacturing/distribution relationships!)MOVLP0190886976389413
Kind of BlueCD5
Hallmark Music & Entertainment7094525050457094522
Kind of Blue2×CD5 + 15
Not Now MusicNOT2CD3355060143493355
Kind of Blue (mono)Digital Media5
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)[none]
Kind of Blue (stereo)Digital Media5
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)886444350785
Kind of Blue2×CD8 + 6
1008918436539312253
Kind of Blue (SACD)Hybrid SACD5
  • US2015-07-10
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDSACD 2085821797208567
Kind of Blue (2015 MFSL remaster)2×12" Vinyl3 + 2
  • US2015-09-21
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 2-45011821797450119
Kind of Blue12" Vinyl5
  • XE2015-10-16
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)88875111921888751119215
Kind of Blue12" Vinyl5
DOLDOL725H889397557256
Kind of Blue (legacy edition)2×CD15 + 6
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88985363572889853635726
Kind of Blue (2020 re-release with two bonus tracks)CD7
Groove Replica77012[none]
Kind of BlueCD5Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)VCK-4057907464405792
Kind of Blue12" Vinyl5CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)32109, CBS 32109, CBS 62066
Kind of BlueDigital Media5Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)5099749522428
Kind of BlueDigital Media6Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)[none]
Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition)2×Digital Media15 + 6Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)888880696069
Promotion
Kind of Blue12" Vinyl5
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CJ 4057907464405791
(unknown)
Kind of BlueCD9
Poll Winners Records272088436028691555
Kind Of Blue12" Vinyl5
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697680571886976805715
Another Tracks of "Kind of Blue"(unknown)2Core CollectionsCC-2003001

Relationships

artist & repertoire support:Patti Matheny
remixes:Kind of Bloop by Andy Baio
covers:Blue by Mostly Other People Do The Killing
included in:Columbia Jazz: 25 Original Albums by Various Artists
Eight Classic Albums
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 12) (order: 12)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 14) (order: 14)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition) (order: 21)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 31) (order: 31)
David Keenan: The Best Albums Ever (number: 92) (order: 92)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/5460 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/fr25 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/miles_davis/kind_of_blue/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000191710 [info]
Wikidata:Q283221 [info]

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Long held as the jazz album that even non-jazz fans will own, Kind Of Blue not only changed the way people regarded Miles, it changed the very face of music itself. Consistently rated not just as one of the greatest jazz albums but as one of THE greatest musical statements of the 20th century, its 46 minutes of improvisation and sophistication remain peerless.

In the early 50s George Russell had raised the possibility of using a modal approach (i.e. playing within a certain scale, as opposed to according to a fixed chord sequence) as a way out of the straightjacket that restricted improvisation. Miles, at this time, was in thrall to hard bop, but by 1958's Milestones he was ready to try the modal approach, the title track being his first recorded foray into the form.

Kind Of Blue, released the following year, took the idea and developed it to an astounding degree. Its smoky evocation of late night ambience is a byword for laid back elegance. It uses the blues but transmutes those seventh chords into something that still sounds modern 50 years on. Quite simply, the sonic space it creates sounds like the coolest place on the planet.

Key to the album's deceptive ease is the band that Miles had assembled. Honed to perfection were the sextet of saxophonists John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers and pianist Bill Evans (replacing regular Wynton Kelly on all but one track – "Freddy Freeloader"). All players were to have legendary careers, but it was Coltrane who took Miles' modal template and went furthest with it, with spectacular results.

Dispute still rages as to the role Evans had in the compositions (many regard him as at least a co-author, and he was an acolyte of George Russell's) but what we do know is that on the two recording dates that spawned this masterpiece, Davis, as usual, just laid out the song structures for the musicians on the day with no rehearsal (though "So What" and "All Blues" had been played live prior to this). From the opening murmur of the piano on "So What" to the final sad mute on "Flamenco Sketches", it never falters, despite its meandering pace. Even more miraculous, it never wears thin from repeat plays. Quincy Jones claims to play it every day. So should you.