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Reggae Interpretations of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue

blame it on JES7 May 14, 2011

I know there’s some heavy jazz-heads who visit here… Under normal circumstances, I would not support revampings of such timeless, already-perfect classics like Miles’ Kind of Blue, but I made an exception this time around. Reworking something as definitive as Kind of Blue would normally be sacrilegious, however, former NYU music professor Jeremy Taylor (who unfortunately passed on in the early 80s) did the album justice. Taylor, who was a huge fan of reggae and dub, flew to Jamaica often and would politic with some of the biggest artists. In ’81, Taylor recruited a group of reggae musicians, and under his direction, reworked Kind of Blue (I’m assuming using the original masters) into a jazz-dub type styling. Before I picked this up (it was pressed on super-limited, blue vinyl – 200 copies I believe), I gave it a spin and even the A-side with the originals were reworked with a little dub-style reverb. This is perfect to light up to and chill out.


DOWNLOAD: So What (Dub)


DOWNLOAD: Flamenco Sketches (Dub)

  • BLACK GOD

    Nothing can touch the original, so this is very iconoclastic in my opinion, but I give brutha Taylor props for trying anyway…

  • leprechaunmafia3

    got damn those joints are hot I gotta find this whole project

  • wstickles
  • ziplockp

    whatever happened to that supposed ski beats tape where he was re-working miles davis songs?

  • Tto

    i don’t think the vinyl is quite as limited as implied here. it was released in 2009 and it’s still readily available in large numbers through alot of online music retailers. nevertheless, a nice change of pace post-wise here on this site.

  • ethos

    man the original is untouchable but this isn’t bad by any means. I’ll cop the whole record and give it a listen.

    love that these types of posts non hip hop are posted on 2dbz.

  • name

    justice equality supreme is the truest on 2dopeboyz

  • as a jazz pianist, drummer and saxophonist i would say that having your own interpretations of classic tunes is what makes jazz “jazz” so i support this shit 100%. dope post.

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  • komplexx904

    more of this. less lil b.

  • hereatlast

    cosign name.

  • hereatlast

    And FWIW, it seems Tto is right. Amazon is selling this on vinyl right now (looks like 18 copies left and the possibility of restocking).

  • 1004

    @wstickles… do us a favor and upload that shit again in a zip file, would be much appreciated

  • QZA

    @ziplockp cosign.. i need that in my life