"One day at Miles's apartment, he wrote on some manuscript paper the symbols for G-minor and A-augmented. And he said, 'What would you do with that?' I didn't really know, but I went home and wrote 'Blue in Green.'"
- Bill Evans
Kahn, Ashley, "Kind of Blue, The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece", 2000, p.118. (Quote was taken by Kahn from Hennessey)
The four bar opening was then apparently used by Evans as the intro to "Alone Together" on a Chet Baker session on Dec. 30, 1958.
Years ago we used to 'hang out' at this guys apartment that had a piano.
One time Miles was there and I happen to be playing 'Blue in Green'. I looked up and Miles was smiling. This is the way I was playing it, and because Miles was smiling, I continue to play it more along these lines...even today.
note: The melody is F major (Ionian) played down. But Ionian played down becomes Phygian which is minor.
No quote. That's the way I play that song. First chord as: G-(maj7) with a 13th in the melody. Second chord as: A7(#9)...and other modifications.
Like I said, Miles heard me playing that way and smiled so...
In fact, the last time I talked to Miles he told me that the +5 is a motherf*cker! So I'm always looking for ways to use it. The 'snapshot' that I submitted in the originals section "Arturo Lydiano" begins with the +5 in focus for that reason.
Let me share this with you. A friend of mine was playing bass with Miles at the time. His name is Michael Henderson.
Anyway, I ran into him at a club and I asked him did Miles ever give him any advice? He said yea,"...don't ever finish nothin' ".