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Giant Kind of Blue Steps at 50

Kind of Blue: Recorded March 2nd and April 6th, 1959
Giant Steps: Recorded May 4th and 5th, 1959.

It does seem like a very weird idea indeed, as Ben Ratliff of the New York Times hints very strongly, two organize a joint fiftieth birthday party for two albums.

Ratliff has written a reluctant but nonetheless thoughtful review of the combined celebration at Lincoln Center for the fiftieths of John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue.

“Giant, Kind your birthdays are really close together. Daddy says you can only have one party between you. “

I guess fifty year-old records don’t get a choice, and they certainly can’t cry…..

Read this: Ben Ratliff wasn’t exactly saying whoopee when his editor told him he had 600 words to write about it…

“A Jazz at Lincoln Center concert in […] honor [of these albums] is almost something to dread: not necessarily because the records are technically beyond reach, but because such an event can quickly become a knowing lob to the fetishizers [….]”

Phew. 565 words to go.

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