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Pinback's Journal
Pinback's Journal
January 23, 2014

Prez and Lady Day die, "Kind of Blue" is born - watershed year


Thanks so much for posting this.

Whenever somebody tells me they'd like to know more about jazz but just don't know where to start, I loan them Kind of Blue. That's the best door in I know of.

Trane's Giant Steps (OK, released in 1960 -- but recorded in 1959), Thelonious Monk at Town Hall, Jazz in Silhouette by Sun Ra. And later that year and into 1960, Miles and Gil Evans record Sketches of Spain. It's as though every orchid in the world bloomed at once.

And Sonny Rollins was on sabbatical, playing on the bridge every night, germinating his own musical garden.


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