I've owned "Sketches of Spain" for years and have really tried to "get it," but there were too many notes and not enough melody.
Maybe all that time spent listening to "Spain" prepared me for the magic of "Blue." Egads and little fishes! This is some good stuff. I've only listened through one time, but am just blown away by the music.
Liner notes with my CD are by New York Times critic Robert Palmer.
"Consider the circumstances. Miles took his musicians into thestudio for the first of two sessions ... in March 1959. ... Kind of Blue is, in a sense, all melody - and atmosphere."
Joining Davis were Julian "Cannonball" Adderly on alto sax; John Coltrane on tenor sax; Wynton Kelly on piano; Paul Chambers on piano; Paul Chambers on bass; and Jimmy Cobb on drums.
Amazing. Simply amazing.
Would love to hear from Davis fans re: "Blue" and the impact his music has made in their lives.
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