9 dic. 2008

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Miles. Kind of Blue

Some would claim this to be greatest masterpiece of jazz history. They would be right--or at least you would have to make a serious argument for something else. Take Miles, Paul Chambers, and Coltrane from Miles's' classic quintets, add Cannonball Adderley on alto. Replace Philly Joe with Jimmy Cobb (a great drummer who is the only one still alive from this group), and put Bill Evans on piano instead of Red Garland. Take away the standard repertoire of Rodgers and Hart and Monk and use all original compositions based on modes rather than on standard chord changes.

Of course I've listened to this a billion times, so I am giving it a rest for a bit right now on the turntable, but this is one of the highpoints.