Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Jazz Thing, Round 1: Davis v. Frissell

The Jazz Thing, Round 1 (40 Word/Album Limit)

#2 Miles Davis – "Kind of Blue" (1959)  v.  #114 "Bill Frisell With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones" (2001)

Obviously, it's in my interest as a jazz explorer to respect the #2 seed.  But, this older, pre-trippy Miles Davis stuff seems extremely tight and expressive, the apotheosis of club jazz.


Bill Frisell serves up a highly listenable cocktail of blues, new age ambient sounds, and jazz.  I'm always left feeling like his guitar setting -- big, warm, round -- is more central to the finished product then the actual music.

Kind of Blue beats Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones.

Match A3 is going to be a killer....

1 comment:

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

"Kind of Blue" is going to dominate because it's really good and everyone knows it.