[Kind of Blue Anniversary]

Celebrating 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue


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Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
CD 31179-31180 and DVD 3666  Check Availability
Image:Milescd1.jpg Originally released in 1959, Miles Davis's magnum opus Kind of Blue is still considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time. Starring Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb, Kind of Blue has held onto its status as an album that crosses genres, speaks to generation[s] ...:

Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis
CD 27763  Check Availability
Image:Milescd2.jpg From the publisher: Another Kind of Blue has versions of the five songs from Miles Davis' Kind of Blue ("So What," "Freddie Freeloader," "Blue in Green," "All Blues," and "Flamenco Sketches") plus "Petits Machins" performed by a Latin jazz nonet.

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Jazz at the Plaza by Miles Davis
CD 19111  Check Availability
Image:Milescd3.jpg A live recoding of the exact same band as on Kind of Blue but a little before the recording. "The same sextet on Jazz at the Plaza is blistering and moving, tearing through jazz standards at break neck speed, saxophones viciously circling around the constant assault of Cobb’s incessantly quick drums, Davis’s trumpet stabbing and moving, elusive and violent.":
Giant Steps by John Coltrane
CD 21636  Check Availability
Image:Milescd4.jpg From the publisher: Although this was John Coltrane's debut for Atlantic, he was concurrently performing and recording with Miles Davis. Within the space of less than three weeks, Coltrane would complete his work with Davis and company on another genre-defining disc, Kind of Blue, before commencing his efforts on this one.
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Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece
ML419.D38 N56 2000  Check Availability
Image:Milesbk1.JPG‎ From the publisher: In this close-up look at the story behind the 1959 album, Kahn (VH1's music editor) digs through photographs, sheet music ...

More, interviews and studio recordings to present a truly impressive tribute. He begins by setting the scene: in the late 1950s, jazz had already seen various styles, from swing to hard bop.

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Miles, the Autobiography by Miles Davis, Quincy Troupe
ML419 .D38 A3 1989  Check Availability
Image:Milesbk2.jpg From the publisher: Miles Davis--a performer famous fornottalking--tells all: from his brilliant musical debut with Charles Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, to his creative encounters with such greats as John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock; from his recording of such classics as Porgy and Bess, to his pioneer work in the jazz fusion movement.
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It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record by Richard Cook
ML419 .D39 C66 2007  Check Availability
Image:Milesbk3.jpg From the publisher: Though he didn't set out to write the definitive take on Miles Davis's discography, jazz expert Cook (Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia ) has done just that. By chronologically organizing his material around 14 seminal recordings, Cook expertly traces Davis's evolution as an artist from his early days playing with Charlie Parker to his last official studio release, 1992's posthumous Doo-Bop
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The Miles Davis Reader: Interviews and Features from Downbeat Magazine
ML419.D39 M554 2007  Check Availability
Image:Milesbk4.jpg From the publisher: This book is a long-overdue compilation of everything DownBeat magazine has written about Miles Davis, a book packed with glimpses into the artist's career as it happened - from the polite young trumpeter making a name for himself, to the bombastic innovator, to the near mythic legend.
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Scores & Transcription

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Kind of blue by Miles Davis
MP1366.D38 K5 2000  Check Availability
Image:Milesscore1.gif From the publisher: This exceptional book features transcriptions of all the improvised solos as well as sketch scores for all the songs from this landmark release. This includes Miles' trumpet parts, the brilliant sax work of John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly, and rhythm section parts to use as guides for the feel of each composition. Songs include: So What • Freddie Freeloader • Blue in Green • All Blues • and Flamenco Sketches.
The music of Miles Davis : a study and analysis of compositions and solo transcriptions
MT92.D38 G5  Check Availability
Image:Milesscore2.jpg From the publisher: This comprehensive text studies and analyzes the works, provides transcriptions of the solos, and much more. For all music enthusiasts. Songs covered include: All Blues • Four • Freddie Freeloader • My Funny Valentine • Nardis • So What • Solar • Stella by Starlight • Tune Up • and more!

Originals. Vol. 1: 15 note for note transcriptions. by Miles Davis.
MP86.D38 O7 v. 1  Check Availability
Image:Milesscore3.gif From the publisher: Primarily for solo trumpet, with chord symbols and instrumental cues. This collection features note-for-note transcriptions of 15 classic Miles Davis originals – including his solos. Includes: Agitation • All Blues • Blue in Green • Circle • Flamenco Sketches • Freddie Freeloader • Green Haze • Half Nelson • Miles • Milestones • Sid's Ahead • So What • Solar • Theme • and Tune Up, plus a biography, discography, and notes on the music.