The synergic effect is at work throughout Kind of Blue, endowing it with a mysterious tension, made more striking by the foundation over which it is stretched. The heads, all composed by either Davis or Evans, are almost shocking in their simplicity. The opening track, “So What,” is famous for containing a total of four notes, and only two chords. In doing away with the intricate changes present in bebop, Davis destroyed preconceived notions of jazz, and helped create “modal jazz.”
Each of the solos on Kind of Blue are nearly perfect. Davis’ Harmon-muted tone is unforgettable, and his improvisations are vulnerable, concise, and filled with thoughtful space. Each of the other band members follows suit, and the result is a rich, consistent, and vibrant sound. There is almost a sense of physical space constructed with each listening, as though the music invites the audience into a room designated for contemplation and reflection.
One of my favorite albums a definitely recommended listening.