Play-Along Blue In Green

23 Nov
  • 136 BPM
  • Drums, Bass, Strings

 

Blue in Green” is the third tune on Miles Davis‘ 1959 album, Kind of Blue. One of two ballads on the LP (the other being “Flamenco Sketches“), “Blue in Green”‘s melody is very modal, incorporating the presence of the dorianmixolydian, and lydian modes.

It has long been speculated that pianist Bill Evans wrote “Blue in Green”, even though the LP and most jazz fakebooks credit only Davis with its composition. In his autobiography, Davis maintains that he alone composed the songs on Kind of Blue. The version on Evans’ trio album Portrait in Jazz, recorded in 1959, credits the tune to ‘Davis-Evans’. Earl Zindars, in an interview conducted by Win Hinkle, said that “Blue in Green” was 100-percent written by Bill Evans. In a 1978 radio interview, Evans said that he himself had written the song. Evans recounted that when he suggested that he was entitled to share of the royalties, Davis wrote him a check for twenty-five dollars.

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