Kind of Blue

~ Release group by Miles Davis

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Kind of Blue (mono) 12" Vinyl 5 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 Blue (stereo) 12" Vinyl 5 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 Reel-to-reel 3 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 Blue Reel-to-reel 5 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 Blue CD 5 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CK 08163 074640816321
Kind of Blue CD 5 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CBS 460603 2 5099746060329
Kind of Blue CD 5 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 62066 9399706206627
Kind of Blue CD 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 40579 074644057928
Kind of Blue CD 5 MasterSound CK 64403 074646440322
Kind of Blue CD 5 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 2 5099746060329
Kind of Blue CD 6 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 64935 074646493526
Kind of Blue CD 6 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 Jazz CK 64935 5099706493525
Kind of Blue CD 6 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 2-64935 5099706493525
Kind of Blue CD 6 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 487496 2 9399700034509
Kind of Blue CD 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) CK 64935 77749942862102
Kind of Blue CD 6 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) COL 494853 2 5099749485327
Kind of Blue CD 6 SME Records (Japanese imprint - not equivalent to "Sony Music Entertainment") SRCS 9701 4988009970196
Kind of Blue SACD 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CS 64935 074646493564
Kind of Blue 12" Vinyl 5 Classic Records (audiophile reissues) CS 8163
Kind of Blue Hybrid SACD 6 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 064935 9 5099706493594
Kind of Blue 2×DualDisc 6 + 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 90887 827969088722
Kind of Blue CD 5 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP 1206 4547366026573
Kind of Blue Hybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer) 5 + 10 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) SICP 10083 4547366033267
Kind of Blue 2×CD 15 + 6 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 33552 2-D1, 88697 33552 2-D2 886973355220
Kind of Blue (legacy edition) 2×CD 15 + 6 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 27105 2 886972710525
Kind of Blue CD 6 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697439232 886974392323
Kind of Blue (unknown) 5 The Orchard (US distributor; division of Sony Music since 2015)
Kind of Blue 2×Vinyl 5 + 2 Music on Vinyl MOVLP019 0886976389413
Kind of Blue CD 5 Hallmark Music & Entertainment 709452 5050457094522
Kind of Blue 2×CD 5 + 15 Not Now Music NOT2CD335 5060143493355
Kind of Blue (mono) Digital Media 5 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 Media 5 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 Blue 2×CD 8 + 6 100891 8436539312253
Kind of Blue (SACD) Hybrid SACD 5 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDSACD 2085 821797208567
Kind of Blue (2015 MFSL remaster) 2×12" Vinyl 3 + 2 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 2-45011 821797450119
Kind of Blue 12" Vinyl 5 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) 88875111921 888751119215
Kind of Blue (legacy edition) 2×CD 15 + 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) 88985363572 889853635726
Kind of Blue CD 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) VCK-40579 07464405792
Kind of Blue 12" Vinyl 5 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) 32109, CBS 32109, CBS 62066
Kind of Blue Digital Media 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) [none]
Promotion
Kind of Blue 12" Vinyl 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CJ 40579 07464405791
(unknown)
Kind of Blue CD 9 Poll Winners Records 27208 8436028691555
Another Tracks of "Kind of Blue" (unknown) 2 Core Collections CC-2003001

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Patti Matheny
included in: Columbia Jazz: 25 Original Albums by Various Artists
remixes: Kind of Bloop by Andy Baio
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 12)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000191710 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/5460 [info]
Wikidata: Q283221 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Kind of Blue [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/miles_davis/kind_of_blue/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/fr25 [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.