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
Kind of Blue 1959 Legacy / Columbia 9:49
No Image 1985 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia 9:36
Milestones/Kind of Blue 1994 Sony Music Distribution 9:33
The Miles Davis Story/Kind of Blue [CD+DVD] 2004 Smv 9:49
No Image 2008 Must Have Records
The Collection: Sketches of Spain/Kind of Blue/In a Silent Way 2009 Legacy / Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 9:49
The Collection: Sorcerer/Kind of Blue/In a Silent Way 2009 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 9:49
Discotheque Ideale: 25 Original Jazz Albums 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 9:49
Miles in the Movies 2010 Giant Steps 9:47
Milestones/Kind of Blue/Miles Ahead 2010 Hallmark 9:30
No Image 2012 Must Have Records
The Original Mono Recordings 2013 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 9:48
Essential Original Albums 2016 Masters of Music 9:51
Prince's Jukebox
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 9:49
No Image Puzzled Records
No Image Sony Music 9:49
No Image Labelle