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We are launchiing a brand new segment called The Listening Party with host Roxane Gagne. Tune in every Saturday 10:00pm as we will play a complete jazz recording from start to finish. Check here for more details.

This Saturday, Feb. 10th, we are very excited to be starting a weekly segment on Jazz on the Rox. Every Saturday night beginning at 10pm, join us for The Listening Party, as we will play an entire CD for you from beginning to end. You will hear some of the great jazz albums of all time, be introduced to new releases, and re-discover some forgotten gems. 

For the inaugural week we are featuring what is considered by many to be the greatest jazz album of all time, Miles Davis: Kind of Blue.

Here is the Rolling Stone review:

   "This painterly masterpiece would become one of the most important, influential and popular albums in jazz. But at the time it was made, Kind of Blue was a revolution all its own, a radical break from everything going on. Turning his back on standard chord progressions, trumpeter Miles Davis used modal scales as a starting point for composition and improvisation – breaking new ground with warmth, subtlety and understatement in the thick of hard bop. Davis and his peerless band – bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb, pianist Bill Evans, and the titanic sax team of John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley – soloed in uncluttered settings, typified by "melodic rather than harmonic variation," as Davis put it. Two numbers, "All Blues" and "Freddie Freeloader" (the latter featured Wynton Kelly at the ivories in place of Evans), were in 12-bar form, but Davis' approach allowed his players a cool, new, collected freedom. Evans wrote in his original liner notes, "Miles conceived these settings only hours before the re­cording dates and arrived with sketches which indicated to the group what was to be played. Therefore, you will hear something close to pure spontaneity in these performances." Or as the late critic Robert Palmer wrote, "Kind of Blue is, in a sense, all melody – and atmosphere." The bass line in "So What" is now among the most familiar obbligatos in jazz, and there is no finer evocation of the late-night wonder of jazz than the muted horns in "All Blues."

 

Tune in at 10:00pm this Saturday to hear the whole album from beginning to end!