Better Miles Davis Album: Kind of Blue vs. Bitches Brew


They are both legendary, so really it’s a wash. The more traditional jazz listener might lean towards “Kind of Blue”, but “Bitches Brew” is no less thrilling in its own right.

Writer/jazz critic Will Layman kindly helped me find this fine debate on wnyc.org between he and Ashley Kahn that puts the iconic “Kind of Blue” (1959) against the genre-bending “Bitches Brew” (1970) in a discussion about which is best.

Layman carries the flag for ‘Brew,’ while Kahn takes up the fight for ‘Blue.’

Both are ‘best,’ as I will happily cop-out by stating, but the debate between Kahn and Layman brings to light some excellent points and interesting notes about both, truly classic albums.

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