Miles Davis

Freddie Freeloader

Composed by Miles Davis

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“Freddie Freeloader”, like much of Kind of Blue is a study of rhythmic and melodic simplicity. Davis states the opening theme, then the musicians take it in turns to improvise, in the most gentile and understated way. It’s really a joy to hear pianist Wynton Kelly playing with this economy, and indeed Coltrane’s saxophone solo mid-way through is a revelation. The melody is incredibly simple, and so is much of the playing, but it’s effect is extraordinarily beautiful. As with many of Miles Davis’ albums, it is hard to dissimilate the work track by track, and it’s necessary to see “Freddie Freeloader” as an ‘answer’ to the preceding “&So What”.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Milestones 1958 Hallmark 9:30
Kind of Blue 1959 Sony Music
No Image 1985 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia 9:36
Milestones/Kind of Blue 1994 Sony Music Distribution 9:33
Jazz Milestones 1998 DM Digital 9:44
Columbia Jazz: The Best of the 50's and 60's 1999
Various Artists
The Miles Davis Story/Kind of Blue [CD+DVD] 2004 Smv 9:49
Evolution of the Groove 2007 Sony Music Distribution 1:18
No Image 2008 Must Have Records 9:43
The Collection: Sorcerer/Kind of Blue/In a Silent Way 2009 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 9:49
The Complete Columbia Album Collection 2010 Legacy / Sony Music Entertainment 9:46
1959: The Year That Jazz Changed 2010
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 9:46
Jazz Originals, Vol. 1 2013
Various Artists
Play 24-7 9:45
The Columbia Jazz Collection 2013
Various Artists
The Original Mono Recordings 2013 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 9:48
Duane Allman's Jukebox 2014
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 9:49
Essential Original Albums 2016 Masters of Music 9:51
101 Jazz Greats
Various Artists
DLG Digital 9:44
Cafe Jazz [AP]
Various Artists
AP 9:36
Dynamic Jazz: Miles Davis: 53 Essential Tracks DLG Digital 9:44
Prince's Jukebox
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 9:49
No Image Puzzled Records 9:43
No Image Labelle 9:43
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