On music

One of the high-water marks of popular music, certainly of jazz music, is Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue (1959), which almost by itself jolted jazz out of the bebop era. A Davis biographer said that with Kind of Blue he was “trying to evoke the sound of a gospel choir he had once heard on a dark road in Arkansas.”

Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (Legacy/Columbia) offers a gold mine of outtakes, related tracks, a DVD documentary, a commemorative essay—and a blue vinyl LP inside the original album packaging.


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