All Blues

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This article is about the Miles Davis composition. For the album by Ron Carter, see All Blues (album). For the album by the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, see All Blues (Clarke-Boland Big Band 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(s) Miles Davis
Producer(s) Irving Townsend [1]
Kind of Blue track listing
"Blue in Green"
"All Blues"
"Flamenco Sketches"

"All Blues" is a jazz composition by Miles Davis first appearing on the influential 1959 album Kind of Blue. It is a twelve-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 E7. "All Blues" is a modal blues, meaning that the scale is a modal scale. In this case the 7th of the G major scale is flattened, so it is a mixolydian mode.[2]

A particularly distinctive feature of the piece is the bass line that repeats through the whole piece, except when a V or VI chord is reached (the 9th and 10th bars of a chorus). Further, 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.

A cover was made by Ron Carter on his album All Blues which came out in 1973.

The song "Strange Feelin'" sung by the folksinger Tim Buckley in 1968 on his album "Happy sad" is basically a vocal version of All Blues.


  1. ^ Bambarger, Bradley. "Miles Davis True 'Blue'". Billboard. August 7, 1999. pp. 1, 74. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  2. ^ The Real Book Sixth Edition. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 18. ISBN 0-634-06038-4.