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The Story of Kind Of Blue

From Miles Davis — Kind of Blue on Jazzwise Magazine:

It is all the more remarkable, then, that it was made on the cheap — a few thousand dollars contractual advance to Davis, union scale payment to six sidemen — Julian Cannonball” Adderley on alto saxophone, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Bill Evans or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums — nine hours studio time, four reels of tape and a piano tuner’s fee. Recorded on 2 March and 22 April 1959, it has achieved a feat few recordings have ever managed to do by slipping the context of the time in which it was recorded to become a truly timeless masterpiece.

Very interesting article on Miles Davis’ classic recording Kind Of Blue. It talks about the history of the recording, the confusing story of Flamenco Sketches and All Blues and about how it came to be that it was released running slightly faster than released.

A somewhat longish but worthwhile read.

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