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Kind of Blue is perhaps the greatest album of all time. Jazz, non-jazz, it is a little unclear. Of course musical tastes are subjective, but when you have the selling power of an album like Kind Of Blue, you certainly have to put it up top. It has been one of the greatest selling albums of all-time, I believe.
The Miles Davis' sextet were the musicians on it. Miles Davis on Trumpet. Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane on alto and tenor sax, respectively. Bill Evans on piano. Jimmy Cobb on drums with Paul Chambers on base.
You know you are going to have a sick album when you have sidemen like that. Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane as side men! All of the music from this sextet is sick. However, Kind Of Blue rises above, because it simplified the musical idioms of the time. It came on the heels of bebop, which was unbelievably unapproachable. It was music for the musician, a dizzying array of scales each one more complex than the last. Think of it like the world's greatest DBD, chock full of inside jokes and references only other musicians would get. While its purveyor's are lauded as geniuses now, at the time, more basic jazz tended to be more popular.
Kind Of Blue threw that all out. Instead of having 4,000 scale changes, it might just have a few. Or none at all. More open and flowing. Modal is what it was called, because I always think of it as Moodal. Because it was designed to create a mood. I'll spare you more information, although you can read more here at its Wiki page.
Or you can read this book, which I am chugging through right now:
Of course, whenever you have seminal, genre defining music like this, people will like to take that music and play with it. Put it into different contexts. Well, now in the 21st century, a popular context appears to be 8 bit. Enter:
With that in mind, I just launched a project I've been dreaming about for years. The idea is Kind of Bloop, an 8-bit tribute to Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, one of my favorite albums of all-time. I've always wondered what chiptune jazz covers would sound like. What would the jazz masters sound like on a Nintendo Entertainment System? Coltrane on a C-64? Mingus on Amiga?
I've researched the topic quite a bit, and was only able to find four jazz covers ever released — ast0r's version of Coltrane's Giant Steps and Charlie Parker's Confirmation, Sergeeo's own Giant Steps cover, and Bun's version of Coltrane's My Favorite Things. (If you know more, please let me know!)
I've posted an 8 bit cover of my favorite song from Kind Of Blue "So What" below. Enjoy!
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