Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Miles Davis is my undisputed heavyweight champion of jazz, and Kind Of Blue is the best jazz album of all time…end of story. Before I ever thought about playing guitar, I was a trumpet player, and Miles was this mythical figure, impossibly cool and godly talented. Kind Of Blue came out in 1959, 2 years before I was born. It was a break from the bebop style that was immensely popular at the time in favor of a newer, modal style of improvisation. Davis had a crew of monster players, including the mighty John Coltrane and “Cannonball” Adderly on tenor and alto saxophones, respectively, and Bill Evans on piano. These sublimely talented soloists breathed creative fire into the 5 compositions on Kind Of Blue and essentially made jazz (indeed, music in general) history. This album is timeless and will continue to influence musicians and provide musical bliss for generations to come.

Written By Braddon S. Willliams

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