Miles Davis' Kind of Blue: A Journey into the Sublime

Miles Davis Kind of Blue album

Celebrating 60 Years Anniversary

When people say “desert island disc”, I say Miles Davis’ album Kind of Blue.

I normally include musical references in my travel blog as trinkets associated with people, places and time periods but not as standalone reviews and commentary.

In the first century AD, Roman Cassius Longinus wrote On the Sublime, a treatise on aesthetics, in which he ultimately promotes sublimity as an "elevation of style" and an “essence of simplicity".

"the first and most important source of sublimity [is] the power of forming great conceptions." Cassius Longinus
The concept of the sublime is generally accepted to refer to a style...that elevates itself "above the ordinary".

Miles Davis Kind of Blue album cover
Miles Davis Kind of Blue Album

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Kind of Blue, Miles Davis and his band of extraordinary musicians—Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Wynton Kelly—deserve a moment of tribute for creating the sublime Kind of Blue.

Jazz Musicians will speak about modal jazz, innovation, inventiveness and playing in the sound of the scale. Kind of Blue speaks to my soul. It soothes. It centres me. It touches me in an inexplicable way that I don’t want explained. It puts me in the moment; it transcends the moment.

To paraphrase Lily Bollinger’s quote about when she drinks Champagne, I listen to Kind of Blue when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I listen to it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I put on one or two tracks from the album when I need to smile and listen when I feel down. Otherwise, I never listen to it – unless I want to listen to music. And that’s always.

The Making of Kind of Blue book cover
The Making of Kind of Blue (Book)

Duke Ellington dubbed Miles Davis as the Picasso of Jazz. Kind of Blue is Miles Davis’ masterpiece.

Simple. Complex. Eloquent. Sublime.

Kind of Blue. Listen now; listen always.

Love music; love Miles Davis Kind of Blue; love Cool Jazz