Today: Miles Davis released “Kind Of Blue” in 1959 – 53 years ago

“It must have been made in heaven.”
– Jimmy Cobb

From Wikipedia:

Released August 17, 1959
Recorded March 2 and April 22, 1959, at 30th Street Studio, New York City,New York, United States
Genre Modal jazz
Length 45:44
Label Columbia
Producer Teo MaceroIrving Townsend

Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released August 17, 1959, on Columbia Records in the United States. Recording sessions for the album took place at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York City on March 2 and April 22, 1959. The sessions featured Davis’s ensemble sextet, which consisted of pianist Bill Evans (Wynton Kelly on one track), drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.

Though precise figures have been disputed, Kind of Blue has been described by many music writers not only as Davis’s best-selling album, but as the best-selling jazz record of all time. On October 7, 2008, it was certified quadruple platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It has been regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz album of all time and Davis’s masterpiece.

The album’s influence on music, including jazz, rock, and classical music, has led music writers to acknowledge it as one of the most influential albums ever made. In 2002, it was one of fifty recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 2003, the album was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Kind of Blue was recorded in two sessions at Columbia Records’ 30th Street Studio in New York City. On March 2, the tracks “So What“, “Freddie Freeloader“, and “Blue in Green” were recorded for side one of the original LP, and on April 22 the tracks “All Blues“, and “Flamenco Sketches” were recorded, making up side two. Production was handled by Teo Macero, who had produced Davis’s previous two LPs, and Irving Townsend.

Kind of Blue isn’t merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it’s an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps because this music never flaunts its genius… It’s the pinnacle of modal jazz — tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality… It may be a stretch to say that if you don’t like Kind of Blue, you don’t like jazz — but it’s hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone of any jazz collection.
—Stephen T. Erlewine

Track listing:
All songs written and composed by Miles Davis except where noted 

1. “So What”
2. “Freddie Freeloader”
3. “Blue in Green” (Miles Davis and Bill Evans)
4. “All Blues”
5. “Flamenco Sketches” (Miles Davis and Bill Evans)

Musicians


Miles Davis – Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary:

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Video of the day: Someone to love – Ida Jenshus

Very promising taste of her new album, we’re very excited and looking forward to the new record. It will be available in october. We really hope she will tour close to were we live. We saw here at the Oya Festival last year, it was a revelation, one of the best concert at Oya that year. You owe it to yourself to go and see her live. Of the 51 concerts I saw last year I rated Ida Jenshus at Oya at number eight. Egil rated it even higher, at number 5!

Not exactly “acoustic” but a bit toned down and slower than the previousley released version:

Someone to love, faster and with a rhythm section:

– Hallgeir

 

 

Today: Elvis Presley passed away in 1977 – 35 years ago

is music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense, and he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness, and good humor of his country.

President Jimmy Carter
August 17, 1977

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Elvis Aaron Presley
Born January 8, 1935
Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
Died August 16, 1977 (aged 42)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Rock and roll, pop, rockabilly, country, blues, gospel, R&B
Occupations Musician, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1953–77
Labels Sun, RCA Victor
Associated acts The Blue Moon BoysThe JordanairesThe Imperials
Website elvis.com

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King“.

From Allmusic (Richie Unterberger):

Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Not necessarily the best, and certainly not the most consistent. But no one could argue with the fact that he was the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level. Viewed in cold sales figures, his impact was phenomenal. Dozens upon dozens of international smashes from the mid-’50s to the mid-’70s, as well as the steady sales of his catalog and reissues since his death in 1977, may make him the single highest-selling performer in history.
More important from a music lover’s perspective, however, are his remarkable artistic achievements.Presley was not the very first white man to sing rhythm & blues; Bill Haley predated him in that regard, and there may have been others as well. Elvis was certainly the first, however, to assertively fuse country and blues music into the style known as rockabilly. While rockabilly arrangements were the foundations of his first (and possibly best) recordings, Presley could not have become a mainstream superstar without a much more varied palette that also incorporated pop, gospel, and even some bits of bluegrass and operatic schmaltz here and there. His ’50s recordings established the basic language of rock & roll; his explosive and sexual stage presence set standards for the music’s visual image; his vocals were incredibly powerful and versatile.

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Suspicious Mind:

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Best 25 songs of 2011 according to Egil

Repost – Still proud of my 25 best songs from last year.. Great music!
Gillian Welch gets 2.. because she delivers this years greates new album..
(btw – best “released” album this year is off course “The Rolling Stones – The Brussels Affair”)
Here is this year’s greatest song:

Number 2:

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Number 11:

  1. Gillian Welch – Tennessee
  2. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Codeine
  3. Ryan Adams – Come Home
  4. Wilco – One Sunday Morning
  5. Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
  6. Hayes Carll – Hide Me
  7. Charles Bradley – The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
  8. Tom Waits – Chicago
  9. Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes
  10. The Deep Dark Woods – The Place I Left Behind
  11. Dave Alvin – Johnny Ace Is Dead
  12. Josh T Pearson – Country Dumb
  13. Robert Earl Keen – Soul Of Man
  14. Feist – Graveyard
  15. Gregg Allman – Devil Got My Woman
  16. Deadman – Till The Morning Comes
  17. PJ Harvey – In Dark Places
  18. Lucinda Williams – Copenhagen
  19. White Denim – Street Joy
  20. The Black Keyes – Lonely Boy
  21. The Damn Quails – Midnight Swagger
  22. Joe Ely – Not That Much Has Changed
  23. The Decemberists – June Hymn
  24. John Hiatt – Hold On For Your Love
  25. The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine
Most of the songs are on Spotify -> Best songs of 2011

-Egil

Today: Jim Dickinson passed away 3 years ago

“(Jim Dickinson is)…. that magical musical maestro from Memphis….   he was the kind of guy you could call to play piano, fix a tractor, or make red cole slaw from scratch.”
-Bob Dylan

From Wikipedia:

James Luther “Jim” Dickinson (November 15, 1941 – August 15, 2009) was an American record producer, pianist, and singer who fronted, among others, the Memphis based band, Mudboy & The Neutrons.

Some highlights:

Introducing himself – from www.artistshousemusic.org:

Down in Mississippi:

Album of the day: James Luther Dickinson – Dixie Fried:

Read about the album @ allmusic: Dixie Fried

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Focusing on Bob Dylan & related music