To commemorate the making of one of jazz's most electrifying albums, the group G.Org. has released 'A New Kind of Blue' featuring Grammy winner Randy Brecker on trumpet, as well as guitarist Chuck Loeb, pianist Mike Ricchuiti, bassist David Finck and Andy Snitzer doing the honors on saxophone. Produced by Gary Guthrie, whose stints include the bringing together of Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond on the classic hit "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" as well as building a career in radio with mega giant Clear Channel, this latest version most assuredly fits into the mode of the original intent. It also marks the album's 45th anniversary. With a band that reads like a "Who's Who" on today's jazz scene, Gary has taken a giant step forward towards bringing cool jazz back into the mainstream. Just as Miles' original release was everything uniquely qualified to be special, the remake carries with it that same aura of simplistic musical prose. On top of that, the chemistry between the artists as well as the color content of the music sounds like the stuff of legends.
What makes 'A New Kind of Blue' so monumental is the inclusion of Chuck Loeb, who is not commercially known for this kind of jazz. By in large, he has made a name for himself fitting into the smooth jazz arena. For Gary Guthrie, this is one of two jazz releases he will produce for his co-owned "A Nest of Eggs" Record Label. To pull off this first outing in re-visiting Miles, everyone involved in this project drew upon the innermost reaches of their creative juices to pay proper homage to the master. Without a doubt, just closing my eyes I saw visions of one of the most memorable events ever recorded. The only difference I heard between the original version and Guthrie's was the addition of Loeb's guitar, there was not one heard previously. Chuck's Wes Montgomery influenced vibe added another dimension to Guthrie's response to Miles Dewey Davis' masterpiece.
'Kind of Blue' was recorded between March and April of 1959, while 'A New Kind of Blue' was accomplished during a one-day session in April 2004. The mission in 2004 was just as apparent as it was 45 years ago. In both sessions, all personnel involved drew upon the intuitive voice that comes from within to create jazz that has a resounding voice, one that leaves a lasting influence. Gary Guthrie has done exactly that in bringing modern day voices to echo yesterday once more. All-in-all 'A New Kind of Blue' brings out the best of everything Miles, but stays true to what we have all come to know and love about America's music. In the days to come, listen for Gary's next release entitled 'Re:Generation.' If the second one is anything like the first, we will be set for yet another treat filled with all the flavorful renditions of quality sounding music.