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Kind Of Blue

Miles Davis

1959

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Kind Of Blue
Album Summary

Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Miles Davis. It was recorded on March 2 and April 22, 1959, at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City, and released on August 17 of that year by Columbia Records. For the recording, Davis led a sextet featuring saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, pianist Bill Evans, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, with new band pianist Wynton Kelly appearing on one track – "Freddie Freeloader" – in place of Evans. Influenced in part by Evans, who had joined the ensemble in 1958, Davis departed further from his early hard bop style in favor of greater experimentation with musical modes, as on his previous album Milestones (1958). Basing Kind of Blue entirely on modality, he gave each performer a set of scales that encompassed the parameters of their improvisation and style, and consequently more creative freedom with melodies; Coltrane later expanded on this modal approach in his own solo career. Kind of Blue is regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz record, Davis's masterpiece, and one of the best albums of all time. Its impact on music, including jazz, rock, and classical genres, has led writers to also deem it one of the most influential albums ever recorded. The album was one of fifty recordings chosen in 2002 by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry, and in 2003 it was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2019, Kind of Blue was certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of at least five million copies, making it the best-selling jazz album of all time.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

This is one of the most versatile albums of all time. You want a great record to listen to with your full attention, eyes closed with $3000 headphones on? Kind of Blue! You want a record playing in the background while you work door at a dinner party? Kind of Blue! Coffee bar? Kind of Blue! End of the evening on a date and you're sitting on the couch and you want the perfect soundtrack while make your big move? That's right, Kind of Blue!

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Wow. Absolutely loved this album. I'm not a massive jazz fanboy, but this modal jazz stuff really gets me going. I love how all of the instruments feel like individuals talking to each other, each one saying something unique yet still talking about the same stuff. This is what I want when I want jazz. True Feelings: 5/5

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Iconic, classic album in the history of music. Whereas the bebop before this is exhilarating like a rollercoaster with it's speed and complex chord progressions, this is like surrendering yourself to waves of key modulations as the most beautiful melodies swim around you. Hipster that I am, this isn't actually my favourite Miles Davis album but this Aussie still gives it five slices of avo toast for brekkie out of five.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

This is the definition of a classic! What a flawless album from side A to side B. But that's to be expected with such a rockstar cast of performers. Everything is just solid. The songs are all jams, they transport me to a rainy city, a sunny island, a dream world. No trumpet has ever sounded as good as when Miles Davis plays on this album, it has such a rich and gorgeous sound that feels almost transcendent. I can't think of anything else to say, it's hard to put into words how amazing this album is, and how much of a joy it is to listen to. Favorite track: Blue in Green

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Forget for a moment that the Wikipedia article says "Kind of Blue has been regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz record, Davis's masterpiece, and one of the best albums of all time." This is music we have heard our whole lives. There is clearly a reason for this. This is music that is composed, not just a jam session. This is technical art. You can either listen intently or just have it playing in the background. This is an album that has been STUDIED for decades. In the end, your opinion of whether you like it or not is completely irrelevant.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

The idea of my adding something to the words written about Kind Of Blue is beyond ridiculous, so I'll just observe (which I'm sure is also far from original) what a hash ass mistress jazz seems to be in that era (I don't know about now, hopefully it isn't still cutting off geniuses in the prime of life right and left). Of the six musicians who accompany Davis on this album only 2 made it past 50, Bill Evans barely so, and among the whole crew only Jimmy Cobb reached what could reasonably be called old age.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

If peeing your pants is cool, call me Miles Davis. Great album, great vibe, a Sunday in a chair sipping on a drink with a jazz cigarette

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

This is what they should have played when Peter Parker said, "Now dig on this". You can always count on Miles Davis to create such a beautiful but fun jazz album. Honestly, I wish I could have plopped on a zoot suit before diving into this album, would have made the experience much more authentic. But, even without the zoot, still fantastic. All instruments pairing with each other at all times and I'm used to listening to a lot of Herbie Hancock so most of my jazz listening is very chaotic and the instruments pair together by being all over the place, but this time, It's much better hearing them all fight the good fight altogether. Overall amazing, nothing else to say. (also quick quip for my Tim and Eric boys, anytime I listen to jazz now, I can't help but think of the jazz session bit, "Imma throw this atcha. RRA DOO-J RA JOOJ RUBBADY SA") https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCzq-uCSvfY&ab_channel=JignishTheMarvel

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Tue Oct 10 2023
3

I'm a filthy millennial, so I'm clearly not educated enough to understand or conceptualise this properly. Kids these days just don't understand what the jazz is all about. So now that my ignorant and stupid position is established... this is fine. You know, in a kind of reasonably nice, background, boring way. There's some nice trumpet in there. My thoughts on this may be more easily summarised with a slow head-nod and a lip sticking out, in a kind of 'not bad, but ultimately I don't really care' face. 2.5 rounded up.

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Tue Dec 22 2020
5

12/21 Masterpiece. Standout Tracks: Blue In Green, All Blues, Stella By Starlight, Love For Sale, Fran-Dance (alternate take), So What (Live at Kurhaus, The Hague)

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

Smooooth. I really enjoyed this.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

Truly a masterpiece. Amazing clash of personalities of some of the best jazz players of all time recorded on a truly timeless album.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Outstanding jazz masterpiece. A referential and milestone record of the XX century. Not a jazz connoisseur but I keep coming back to the vinyl every now and then, and every time is a great experience

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

One of those jazz albums that anyone, including people that don't normally listen to jazz, can listen to and appreciate. The only other Miles Davis record that I've listened to extensively is his aggressively eclectic 'Bitches Brew', which I'm inclined to argue is, at the very least, more memorable than 'Kind of Blue'. With all that said, this album is still incredible, and is the sort of thing that everyone should listen to at least once. Even non musicians can appreciate the exceptional musicianship on display here.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

It is evident from the moment it starts that we are in some very capable and caring musical hands. Listening to Kind of Blue feels like lying in a raft gently rocking on a calm sea. So soothing, so laid back. My soul feels lighter. Each track is its own subtle mood and the shift from one to the next creates a clear arc through the whole piece. Absolute perfection.

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

Miles's Magnum Opus. What can I possibly say that hasn't already been said by people with far more jazz expertise than I? I'm just a plucky tone deaf lover of music who has no musical competency whatsoever. All I can tell you is that as a listener it feels right. There's a correctness in what I assume my ears are hearing. His renowned improvisational spirit fusing so wholly with his virtuoso proficiency; a true thing of beauty in its most pure form. I don't know jazz, but I know greatness when I hear it.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Every music writer and listicle has told you this is the most iconic jazz album of all time. You brought a nice fillet of king salmon home. You're gonna cook a nice dinner for your sweetie. Take the night off sweetie, I got you, you deserve it. You cook the salmon too perfection - medium rare, still semi-translucent in the center, tender, simple salt and pepper. Exactly as specified in the recipe you found on The Spruce Eats. You've lit the candles - a 50 pack of tea candles from Amazon - and for the last two weeks have ritualistically consumed Cordyceps powder for sexual stamina. Bellies fulll. Romance is alive. Kind of Blue is dancing through your Sonos. You and your sweetie softly lock eyes, sensing something deeper. You remember the first time you met. Something feels different this time. Something is getting in the way. Something is obscuring the air between you. There's a trumpet playing. The carcass-like salmon skin fills your nostrils. Fish is not sexy! The medicinal mushrooms spike your pulse skyward. There's a trumpet playing! The cheap candles flicker and struggle to burn the mass produced wax. Amazon Prime! There's a trumpet playing! You hate jazz! You never loved your sweetie! B

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Tue Jan 10 2023
2

Beautifully played… but I hate jazz

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Sat Jan 14 2023
1

God damn it Miles Davis! Does this place look like a fucking coffee shop? What do you mean "Kind Of Blue"? Is this supposed to be "blue" as in "sad"? Am I supposed to feel any emotion while listening to this? Because the only thing I'm thinking about while listening to this is "That guy sure loves to blow into that saxophone" and also "Where's my damn coffee". I used to think that I hate jazz, but then I got into people like Charles Mingus and Frank Zappa (thanks to this site!), and that's when I realized that jazz is a huge genre full of great music, and that I just hate this specific subgenre of boring elevator music made by a random music generator AI that Miles Davis falls into. Throw in some god damn flamenco guitars like a real man, Miles. You will never convince me that this is one of the greatest artistic statements of the 20th century or whatever. Call me ignorant. More like "Kind of Shit", bozo! This is a Charles Mingus household! Next album!

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Sat May 22 2021
5

I consider this the foundation of modern pop music and jazz and blues.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

One of my all time favorites.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

An absolute masterpiece. 10/10

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

absolute favorite. a masterpiece

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

GREAT for relaxing and cooking or doing other housework...or even just sitting around and listening to fantastic music. Easy listening.

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Wed May 05 2021
5

Jazzy jazz jazz. One of the greats.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

My introduction to classic jazz, and what an album. I have a very good vinyl pressing, containing 2 albums one of which is the original release, the second record includes the corrected speed version of side 1, which apparently was cut at a slightly too fast speed as well as an alternate version of Flamenco Sketches. This sounds just so amazing and the music is so brilliant. It really belongs in the collection of anyone with even a passing interest in jazz. A no-brainer 5 🌟album

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

I can never get enough of this album.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

A very relaxing album in my opinion 5/5

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Beautiful jazz album that ranges from fun and uptempo to emotional. Layering of bass strings, piano, trumpet and sax all keeping time with drums and cymbals. Covers multiple tempos that can feel like a fast conversation or argument like in So what to a somber reflection of blues in green. Amazing musicianship across the board. So what, All blues, flamenco sketches

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

This is probably the greatest jazz album of all time. It is also the best statement of cool jazz. The addition of John Coltrane makes this album also one of the greatest jazz collaborations to exist.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

There’s nothing not to like about this album. The lineup and the compositions (tracks 1, 2 & 4 especially) are stellar. I like the decision to do the saxophone solos back-to-back, contrasting the warmth of Adderly and the edgier sound of Coltrane. This is the greatest selling jazz album of all time and the album most critics would put at or near the top of their all-time list, and I won’t disagree.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

I've been busy the last couple of days with little time for listening to the music sent to us. There was no way I was going to slap a "did not listen" on this bad boy so have adopted the "better late than never" adage.  A well played but not too loud  trumpet played over subtle rhythms is magical. I could listen to a song like Blue in Green all night long and not get tired of it. The trumpet playing would be enough, but we also get to enjoy sax playing that is arguably as good. 

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

“The most complete jazz album ever recorded.”

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Thu Oct 05 2023
5

The best selling jazz album ever and with good reason. Even though I think this album is timeless, it's interesting to me that later in life Miles Davis refused to play anything from Kind of Blue because remaining static stylistically was the wrong option. But then why even make a jazz album? Albums are inherently static. Jazz is inherently improvisational and dynamic. It's a distinction that makes it hard sometimes for people to enjoy recorded jazz. Maybe jazz is always meant to be enjoyed live where the music can follow or lead the vibe of the whole room at a particular time and in a particular place but I do enjoy this album quite a bit. It is soothing and subtle and moody in all the right ways. It makes jazz accessible to everyone.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

Not a fan of jazz usually, but I enjoyed listening to this. My cat too.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

The man, the myth, the legend. Looks like the List God(s) heard my rant on the Beastie Boys review loud and clear. This isn't my favorite album from Miles Davis, but it's a welcome change of pace nonetheless. This is widely regarded as one of the all-time great jazz albums, and I think that's mostly about influence and what it represented in the '50s. I watched a couple videos explaining the birth of modal jazz that this album represents, which is huge. It's hard for me to hear it as revolutionary though, considering I worked sort of backwards through Davis' catalog. But it's a fantastic album either way. Not as engaging to me as Sketches of Spain or Bitches Brew (both of which BETTER be on this list), but it is very smooth, very cool, with fantastic solos from everyone involved. Big names in the ensemble too, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley especially. Miles Davis was a creative force like no other. Favorite tracks: So What, Flamenco Sketches, Freddie Freeloader. Album art: Instantly recognizable because of how famous this album is, but pretty tame. Granted, many jazz albums had boring covers like this back in the day, but even compared to older Davis albums like Milestones or Porgy and Bess....there's room for improvement. I do like the font choice, though. 4.5/5

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Tue May 25 2021
4

“Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis (1959) Classic jazz, with exquisite performances by Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Cannonball Adderly (alto sax), Bill Evans (piano). Listening today, we can recognize the roots of much of what was to come in music. Don’t look for chord structure or melody. This is pure improvisation by the above named musicians, taking turns leading the adventure, seeing how scales can be elaborated. It’s beautiful. That’s not to say that every note is perfectly attacked (or even chosen—surely the musicians would have improved details on a subsequent take or a dub, but that would violate the integrity of a jazz performance). Focus on the leading scales. The recording is unfortunately marred by distortion (especially on Coltrane’s feed), and the use of a minimum number of microphones results in a lack of definition, especially for the drums, which are very subdued in the mix. But overall, this album is an essential piece of our musical culture. Listen. Seriously. 4/5

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Mon May 13 2024
4

Supposedly the greatest jazz album ever. While I thought it was really good I just don’t have the genre understanding to know if that’s true. The musicians are all clearly masters of their instruments and a coherent vibe is created throughout. I’m caught between a 4 and a 5 here.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

‘So What’ and ‘Freddie Freeloader' are truly momentous, the gateway to new aural worlds no matter how many times you've listened. Their engine is joy. You can hear it in Coltrane’s sax and Miles' trumpet as they crest and lilt. But most of all, it resides in those goddamn drums. Oh boy. They’re irrepressible. It'ss impossible not to tap your foot to them until your shin ache. They subside in 'Blue in Green'. Once that happens, somnabulance takes over and I find myself a little lost. It's still undoubtedly beautiful, but never as revelatory as that opening one-two.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
2

Het begon goed, dacht ik, maar ik werd er toch nerveus van.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
1

Must’ve been groundbreaking in 1957 but it’s just background jazz music

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Tue Oct 19 2021
1

Dit is niet iets wat ik langer dan 1 nummer vol kan houden.

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Tue Dec 22 2020
5

I think it's overrated, with my current gold standard of jazz being Black Saint and The Sinner Lady. But that said it is amazing and I would feel bad giving it 4 stars.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

The sticking power of Kind Of Blue isn't exactly due to "timelessness". The entrance to Blue In Green, in particular, seems very much of a time. The magic of the tune, and the rest of the record, is the ground everyone is able to cover. Thus, a recording that compares favorably with any of the music released after it. There's fast playing, bluesy licks, and a high degree of freedom in playing. Often all in the same track, and all easy to listen to and just fit-together enough. The first two tracks, especially, go lots of places but always come back home. I'm not a huge fan of the subdued B side, where I hear the most minimal compositions. But many compositions would be improved if players of this caliber picked them up and spun them into something new.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Platte ist bekannt. Ich bleibe dabei: das Album ist dort am stärksten, wo Miles NICHT zu hören ist! Und trotzdem: wegen der Mitspieler ein großes Album.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

2 horas escuchando la versión de "legado" no noté cuando terminó pero también es de entender que este disco tiene 61 años, ya pasa por música de fondo

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Ch-ch-ch-Chanclas in the mix, here to judge them tracks and count them stacks, today were diving deep into that Jazz, with “kind of blue”. Chanclas likes the jazz, and after talking to Chanclas Batman, who also enjoys a nice jazz, we’ve agreed that this meets our criteria for “perfect” album. We’re giving the album 5/5 not in the sense that it’s filled with bangers but in the sense that the songs flow well into each other and keep you in the same kinda groove start to finish. Pairs well with a joint. True feeling: 4.2/5 stars Saved tracks: 3/5 Noteworthy note: 45:45 runtime (nice) Standout tune: all blues

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

I think it's hard to rate jazz on the same scale as popular music but it's really good. 9 I guess

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Well Stevie…look at the album we manifested. Our anger yesterday at the lack of black musicians was heard. This album also answers a lot a questions. Namely, this is the first album on this list I have on vinyl and this is the first album on this list to get five stars. Kind of Blue is one of my favorite Jazz albums. I’ve listened to it going to sleep. I’ve listened to it while road tripping to Texas. I’m listening to it right now on vinyl as opposed to Apple Music. This is one of those albums with a shorter track list but longer songs. They are all great and perfect to listen to at any time. Whether you are happy, sad, or just kind of blue. Miles Davis quickly became one of my favorite Jazz musicians a few years ago with this album and Bitch’s Brew. I can’t express how happy I am to finally have an album of this caliber on this list. The album cover is simple enough. The songs are magical. I was worried a five star album would take forever to arrive with the content we have been given but here it is. And it’s Friday.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

One of the greatest jazz albums of all time.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

Ultra rzadki jazzowaty pick jednego z najwazniejszych albumikow w davisowej dyskografii, jesli mozna mowic tutaj o waznych i wazniejszych, bo przeciez davis to ikona jazzu od hardego bopa, po modalne jazzowanie, malo ktory artysta tak zmienil swoje brzmienie na przestrzeni lat, a kind of blue jest wlasnie pierwszym materialem w pelni modalnego jazzowania, plyta nagrana w 59, w dwoch sesjach, jedna sesja jedna strona krazka, jak to w tradycji milesowej, zbyt duzych przygotowan do nagran nie bylo, powiedzial tylko ekipie jak maja grac, ale bez wyraznych nakazow, stworzyl sekstet z najbardziej wplywowymi jazzmanami tamtego okresu, w sklad tej ekipy wchodza takie nazwiska jak coltrane czy evans, wiec kocury z najlepszych kocurow na swoich instrumentalach, chociaz preferuje bebopowanie, to jednak taki modalny jazz pozwala takze na dowolna interpretacje co slychac na tej plycie, zwlaszcza na pierwszej stronie i trakach jak blue in green gdzie blyszczy evansowanie, nie wrzucam pojedycnzych trakow, bo i tak mam caly album na dope shietach, wiec leci tylko do listy albumikowej gwiazdkowej

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Sun May 23 2021
5

10 out of 10. Just a wonderful album. Need on vinyl.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Sounded so nice! Excellent vibes, 9/10 for me

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Almost the definition of an incredible album. Ticks every box.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Not a jazz fan but this is a great album.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
5

I am not a huge fan of jazz, but this is absolutely wonderful.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

One of the most groundbreaking, infectious, and listenable jazz record of all time.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

Отличный мягкий блюз

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Dentro del universo del jazz está considerado uno de los mejores álbumes de la historia (y dentro del mío también). Cómo no considerarlo así teniendo en él no sólo a Miles Davis, sino a John Coltrane, Bill Evans y Cannonball Adderley, JO-DER. Con 5 temas, cada uno de ellos mejor que el otro y todos juntitos en mi playlist de jazz desde su creación. Eargasm asegurado.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

4.5/5 Ideal para estudiar y poner de fondo. Relajante. Para concentrarse.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Like green olives, blue cheese and red wine this album is better every time. If you want to know what Jazz is this is it.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

an album worth all it praise it gets, crips and clear sound, all instruments solo or in ensemble are just magical

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

This is one of the very best jazz albums EVER!

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Could’ve listened to it all day long…great album!

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Sat Aug 07 2021
5

Favorite jazz album. Listened to this on a rainy day in 2018 summer when I had a job. The mood and the vibe this gives is just untouchable. 10/10

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

Know this album well. One of my favorites from the Genre. 5/5. Standouts: So What, Freddie Freeloader

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