Kind of Blue was recorded in two sessions at Columbia Records' 30th Street Studio in New York City, on March 2 for the tracks "So What", "Freddie Freeloader", and "Blue in Green", composing side one of the original LP, and April 22 for the tracks "All Blues", and "Flamenco Sketches", making up side two. Production was handled by Teo Macero, who had produced Davis's previous two LPs, and Irving Townsend.
Alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Pianist Bill Evans
Pong-serving bassist Paul Chambers
Drummer Jimmy Cobb.
Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses [sic] such a mystique? Perhaps because this music never flaunts its genius... It's the pinnacle of modal jazz— tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality... It may be a stretch to say that if you don't like Kind of Blue, you don't like jazz — but it's hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone of any jazz collection.
—Stephen T. Erlewine