|Composition by Miles Davis|
|from the album Kind of Blue|
|Released||August 17, 1959|
|Recorded||April 22, 1959|
|Producer(s)||Irving Townsend |
|Kind of Blue track listing|
"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
8; the chord sequence is that of a basic blues and made up entirely of seventh 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. "All Blues" is a modal blues in G mixolydian.
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.
- Miles Davis – trumpet
- Julian "Cannonball" Adderley – alto saxophone
- John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
- Bill Evans – piano
- Paul Chambers – double bass
- Jimmy Cobb – drums
- A cover was made by Ron Carter on his album All Blues which came out in 1973.
- A cover was made by Colin Hodgkinson on his album The Bottom Line (1998).
- A cover was made by Larry Coryell on his album Monk, Trane, Miles & Me (1999).
- The song "Strange Feelin'" sung by the folksinger Tim Buckley in 1968 on his album "Happy sad" shares similarities to All Blues, including vocals as well.