“All Blues” was written by Miles Davis for his 1959 best-selling record, “Kind Of Blue”. It is a 12 bar blues with a V7 to bVI7 to V7 turnaround, a signature of this tune. Make sure to listen to the original recording and consider the arrangement. The signature bass line is another vital part of the tune. Be sure to learn it verbatim from the original recording on Kind Of Blue. It’s also important to consider the “vibe” or the attitude that Miles Davis’ band exudes on the recording. There is nothing wrong with approaching this tune like a blues. However, consider the way that they play it on the recording, as they do not necessarily approach it as a typical blues.
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