All Blues

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This article is about Miles Davis composition. For the Ron Carter album, see All Blues (album).
"All Blues"
Composition by Miles Davis from the album Kind of Blue
Released August 17, 1959
Recorded April 22, 1959
Genre Jazz
Length 11:33
Label Columbia
Composer Miles Davis
Producer Irving Townsend [1]
Kind of Blue track listing
  1. "So What"
  2. "Freddie Freeloader"
  3. "Blue in Green"
  4. "All Blues"
  5. "Flamenco Sketches"

"All Blues" is a jazz composition by Miles Davis first appearing on the influential 1959 album Kind of Blue. It is a 12 bar blues in 6/4; the chord sequence is that of a basic blues and made up entirely of 7th chords, with a ♭VI in the turnaround instead of just the usual V chord. In the song's original key of G this chord is an E♭7.[2]

The piece is made even more distinctive by the bass vamp that repeats through the whole piece, except when a V or ♭VI chord is reached (the 9th and 10th bars of a chorus). Further to this, there is a harmonically similar vamp that is played by the horns (the two saxophones in the case of Kind of Blue) at the beginning and then (usually) continued by the piano under any solos that take place. Each chorus is usually separated by a four-bar vamp which acts as an introduction to the next solo/chorus.

While originally an instrumental piece and usually performed as such, lyrics were later written for it by Oscar Brown Jr..

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kahn, Ashley; Cobb, Jimmy (2001). "The Legacy of Blue". Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. New York: Da Capo Press. p. 195. ISBN 0-306-81067-0. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  2. ^ The Real Book Sixth Edition. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 18. ISBN 0-634-06038-4.