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Jazz for Curious Listeners
What Makes it Tick? Five Classic Albums
September 9, 2008

Miles Davis: Kind of Blue

Instructors: Christian McBride and Loren Schoenberg

To many jazz fans and musicians, Miles Davisís Kind of Blue is the definitive jazz recording, capturing a variety of moods through musical modes interpreted by Davis, trumpet; Jimmy Cobb, drums; Paul Chambers, bass; John Coltrane, tenor sax; Cannonball Adderly, alto sax; Wynton Kelly, piano (on Freddie Freeloader), and pianist Bill Evans, with whom Davis worked up the compositional sketches.

Jazz historian Dan Morgenstern describes one reason for the timeless quality of this most classic recording: "It's so well balanced. There is not an unnecessary note in any of those pieces. And you keep coming back to it. It doesn't wear out its welcome."

Listen here to our museum Co-Directors giving their reactions to this classic album and also answering questions from the audience.

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