50 Years of Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue"

Monday, August 17, 2009

Miles Davis’s seminal jazz album, “Kind of Blue,” turns 50 today. Davis, along with John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, recorded the album – widely considered one of the greatest jazz albums in history – in early 1959, and released it on August 17th, 1959.

Joining The Takeaway to talk about the impact this album has had is WNYC’s Evening Music Host Terrance McKnight.


Terrance McKnight

Hosted by:

Amy Holmes and Katherine Lanpher


David J Fazekas

Comments [2]


Thanks for the tip! We dug up a copy of the earlier cover and replaced the graphic on this story. Good catch!

Aug. 19 2009 12:09 PM

Y'all should have used the original cover, rather than the dreaded reissue cover. There are three reasons:

1. The cover above was only used for a short period in those 50 years, and it is universally reviled.

2. The cover was misleading, as Miles was right-handed - the image in this cover shows him playing left handed.

3. The cover is a picture from the late 60s or early 70s Miles. Kind of Blue was recorded in 1959.

Aug. 18 2009 05:06 PM

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