This album was much acclaimed and highly influential as not only Davis’ best selling album but also as the best selling jazz recording of all time. As of October 7, 2008, Kind Of Blue has been certified by the RIAA as quadruple platinum.
IMPACT ON MUSIC: The album’s influence on music, including jazz, rock, and classical music, has led music writers to acknowledge it as one of the most influential albums ever made.
In 2002, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.
The album’s influence has reached beyond jazz, as musicians of such genres as rock and classical have been influenced by it, while critics have written about it as one of the most influential albums of all time.
Many improvisatory rock musicians of the 1960s referred to Kind of Blue for inspiration, along with other Davis albums, as well as Coltrane’s modal records My Favorite Things(1961) and A Love Supreme (1965).
Guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band said his soloing on songs such as “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” “comes from Miles and Coltrane, and particularly Kind of Blue. I’ve listened to that album so many times that for the past couple of years, I haven’t hardly listened to anything else.”
Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright has said that the chord progressions on the album influenced the structure of the introductory chords to the song “Breathe” on their landmark opus The Dark Side of the Moon (1973).
In his book Kind of Blue: The Making of a Miles Davis Masterpiece, writer Ashley Kahnwrote “still acknowledged as the height of hip, four decades after it was recorded, Kind of Blue is the premier album of its era, jazz or otherwise. Its vapory piano introduction is universally recognized”.
Producer Quincy Jones, one of Davis’ longtime friends, wrote: “That [Kind of Blue] will always be my music, man. I play Kind of Blue every day—it’s my orange juice. It still sounds like it was made yesterday”.
Pianist Chick Corea, one of Miles’ acolytes, was also struck by its majesty, later stating “It’s one thing to just play a tune, or play a program of music, but it’s another thing to practically create a new language of music, which is whatKind of Blue did.”
Later in an interview, renowned hip hop artist and rapper Q-Tip reaffirmed the album’s reputation and influence when discussing the significance of Kind of Blue, stating “It’s like the Bible—you just have one in your house.”
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