Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
Columbia CS 64935
Stereo/Multichannel Single Layer
"Kind of Blue"
Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone)
John Coltrane (tenor saxophone)
Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly (piano)
Paul Chambers (bass)
Jimmy Cobb (drums)
Review by Mark Novak - January 28, 2006
After reading the recent S-phile article on this recording, I took it off the shelf to listen again after not hearing it for a couple of years. First off, there is no such thing as a natural sound stage for this recording since the musicians were recorded close up and then panned in the original three-channel mix to create a desired listening experience. So please don't tell me what great sound stage this recording has. The music is interesting and extremely well performed. Of all the instruments, the brass have a beautifully realistic timbre. Davis' trumpet, and Adderly's and Coltrane's saxophones sound terrific. When I hear this kind of result from sessions in 1959(!) I lament what has happened to recording technology in the intervening 4+ decades. Piano, bass and drums don't have the same sonic impact (but maybe that's the way the producer desired it to sound). Get this to hear what real brass sounds like!
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