Rain Rain Come & Stay/We Desire Weather for a Sunday Matinee

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It is a rainy, cold day in Seattle, which means I am in the mood for jazz.  The cold, wet late fall and long winter of Kalamazoo was one factor in my initial love of jazz.  Last night I popped on Kind of Blue (1959) by Miles Davis.  Sketches of Spain may be my favorite Miles’ record, but Kind of Blue is definitely high on the list.  The album, full of consistently superb playing, is rich in sound and emotion while being technically magnificent.  While Kind of Blue may not sound funky, it is Funky.  In short, Kind of Blue has IT.  I have been thinking more lately about the futility of attempting to describe life.  The act if description can strip away the power and beauty of moments.  Sometimes, things are better left undescribed.

Listening to Kind of Blue is an experience better left undescribed.  Miles is joined by pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, drummer Jimmy Cobb,  bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, while production was handled by producers Teo Macero and Irving Townsend.  Kind of Blue hipped me to Bill Evans.  Jimmy Cobb’s drumming is stellar.  His hi-hat use is comforting like the patter of softly falling rain.  Enjoy a sublime slice of life caught on tape.

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http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?vrmdznzztm5

Wikipedia has a huge write-up of background info on the album already, saving me time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kind_of_Blue

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