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I purchased “Kind of Blue,” one of the seminal jazz records ever, about nine years ago. I had begun listening to jazz on the radio and getting a handle on what was a new genre for me.

And after that intro to the opening track, “So What,” I was hooked and this metal kid had been reborn.

Paul Chambers’ bass, Bill Evans’ piano and Jimmy Cobb’s drums come together in impossibly perfect union, and our main man, Davis, jumps in with his trumpet. Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane on saxophones complete the all-star ensemble. The interchange between horns is as mesmerizing as any guitar solos I’ve heard.

This two-disc legacy edition includes previously unreleased tracks and studio sequences, as if the original work didn’t already contain enough fine music. You can read elsewhere about the lasting impact of this album that has reached beyond jazz. Now is the latest opportunity to experience it yourself. By Yoo Jee-ho

Miles Davis

“Kind of Blue, Legacy Edition”

Label: Columbia

Genre: Jazz
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