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.Wikipedia
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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Boring, background music.
Awesome Jazz album
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)
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
Smooooth. I really enjoyed this.
A perfect album
Truly a masterpiece. Amazing clash of personalities of some of the best jazz players of all time recorded on a truly timeless album.
I consider this the foundation of modern pop music and jazz and blues.
One of my all time favorites.
A landmark of the genre!!!
An absolute masterpiece. 10/10
absolute favorite. a masterpiece
Great relaxing album...
GREAT for relaxing and cooking or doing other housework...or even just sitting around and listening to fantastic music. Easy listening.
Jazzy jazz jazz. One of the greats.
Can't be beat
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
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
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.
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.
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.
“The most complete jazz album ever recorded.”
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.
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
“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
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
‘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.
Het begon goed, dacht ik, maar ik werd er toch nerveus van.
Must’ve been groundbreaking in 1957 but it’s just background jazz music
no jazz pls
Dit is niet iets wat ik langer dan 1 nummer vol kan houden.
way too jazzy!
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.
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.
Found an old friend.
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.
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
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
Not Bitches Brew, thank god
I think it's hard to rate jazz on the same scale as popular music but it's really good. 9 I guess
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.
One of the greatest jazz albums of all time.
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
10 out of 10. Just a wonderful album. Need on vinyl.
Sounded so nice! Excellent vibes, 9/10 for me
its so good, 10
Almost the definition of an incredible album. Ticks every box.
Not a jazz fan but this is a great album.
I am not a huge fan of jazz, but this is absolutely wonderful.
One of the most groundbreaking, infectious, and listenable jazz record of all time.
daora demais esse
Отличный мягкий блюз
Amazing blues album
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.
4.5/5 Ideal para estudiar y poner de fondo. Relajante. Para concentrarse.
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.
One of the all-time greats.
Ya like Jazz?
Loved this one
an album worth all it praise it gets, crips and clear sound, all instruments solo or in ensemble are just magical
This is one of the very best jazz albums EVER!
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
All time classic album
Could’ve listened to it all day long…great album!
BUSSIN, but at what cost?
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
Know this album well. One of my favorites from the Genre. 5/5. Standouts: So What, Freddie Freeloader
This was my first jazz album. I had heard plenty of jazz before, but this was the first jazz album I sought out, bought, and listened to on repeat. I studied it. I learned it. I could hum along with basically the entire thing. It is no longer my *favorite* Davis album, I think that goes to Sketches of Spain, but it is still probably objectively his best one, and holds such an important place in my heart.
Absolute fucking classic
I can never get enough of this album.
A very relaxing album in my opinion 5/5
What a lovely jazz album.
superb example of the masters work
Legend. So smooth.
It had been awhile since I listened to this album. Worth revisiting, some peak level Miles
- long songs + short attention span = no bueno i will tough it out since im trying to get into jazz - good study music tho
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.
absolute classic, problem the single epitome of jazz sound.
I have 4 different pressings of this album on vinyl and two on CD so I may be biased. So What (sorry) happens when you assemble a crack all-star ensemble led by Miles at his technical and artistic peak? You get an iconic, genre defining album for the ages of course. I'm pretty miserly about handing out 5 star ratings and have only given out a few so far, but this is a no-brainer for me.
Savršen jazz album. Najbolji ikad. Točka.
Album koji je odjeknuo i promjenio glazbu/svijet. Osobno, album na vrhu ljestvice
It’s jazz perfection and a good subset of music wouldn’t exist without it
I can usually only handle jazz in small doses but this is wonderful.
One of the very best ever ever
Near perfection for me. Not a bad note on this one.
One of the greatest jazz albums of all time. Great sounds, tones.
The soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist. Monster of an album. Everyone should own a copy. Best Tracks: So What; Blue In Green; Flamenco Sketches
Modal jazz was fundamentally a reaction to bebop's stereotypical pattern: a rapid succession of chords. Miles, Coltrane, Adderley, Chambers, Bill Evans on piano, Jimmy Cobb on drums improvised in the studio, without any rehearsal. Four lengthy jams, So What... (9/10) FT: So What, Blue in Green
one of the greats
Jednostavno savršen jazz album. To se jednostavno zna i nema se šta raspravljat.
Tout le momde qui s’interesse de pres ou de loin a la musique connait kind of blue. un chef d’ouvre tout simplement. 5
Of all the jazz works we had so far, of which I disagree with being on this list alongside pop, rock and hip hop albums, this one is no exception. But this was magic. This was such emotion and feel, with such a grand list of performers held together by the greatest ever. It deserves its place on any list. I have to give this a perfect rating.
J'aime bcp les paroles
This is just an amazing album. Very mellow but still interesting. The talent on this one album is unbelievable.
Jazz de Miles Davis de su época más clásica. Vinilo total.
This is my favorite album of all time. It's one that I listen to rarely because I'm worried that if I listen to it too many times, I won't be able to appreciate its stark beauty. It's sad and sweet one moment, upbeat the next. What makes this album so great is that it is always absolutely painting a mood. You're meant to feel something with every song, and I always feel it. The instrumentation is exquisite. The compositions are sublime. Even the mistakes and imperfections, like the drummer hitting the cymbal a little too hard when Miles comes in on the first track just work. Put this album on a rocket ship and send it out into space. That way, if it's ever encountered by intelligent life, the aliens will get to see us at our absolute best 5/5
I don't have anything to add
my favourite album - timeless, works for any mood. a marvellous band charting new territory and creating beautiful music
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An absolute classic. This might actually have been the first time I've listened to the album in full but I've been aware of every single song, some in different versions. What a quality in songwriting and musicians on this one album.
A classic for a reason
Best Jazz album no kwestion
I've listened to this so many times, it's hard for me to come to it with a fresh, untouched opinion, but I think that this is a masterpiece of an album. Normally I don't like albums that are just instrumental, but Miles Davis et al. really show their mastery of music here. Some of the best jazz out there, no question about it.
Amazing music for a rainy day.
There aren't many jazz albums I sing along with--because they're instrumentals!--but this is one. I just find my voice singing whatever. I'm not sure why. It's only with this jazz album. Maybe it's because the music is just so damn smooth and melodic. Maybe it's because I've listened to and loved this album so much. Whatever the case, I drink this music. If music was a slushy alcoholic drink on a hot summer's day, the liquid would be blue, and the bottle from which the concoction came would have this album cover as a label.
A stunning achievement, the great American album. Evocative, moody, transformative, the playing here is superlative. Peerless. An album for the ages.
I can find no flaws or imperfections across decades of listening. 5/5. Serious candidate for best of album of all time in any genre.
Probably the easiest 5 out of 5 I’ll ever give. The jazz album for people who hate jazz. Timeless, definitive, straightforward in sound but deceptively complex at the same time. A masterpiece and one of the greatest albums off all time, jazz or otherwise.
Everyone's favourite jazz album, with good reason. Pretty much set my own tastes in jazz, such as they are.
Amazing. Simply amazing.
Beautiful album. What an ensemble.
Never been a better use for vinyl.
Long ago in a lifetime far away I took a college jazz course for my music studies - very early in the semester our homework one weekend was this album. Just that - listen to this album. My previous exposure to jazz was probably anything random from a movie or tv show. I knew I didn't enjoy jazz singing so I assume that's probably what I thought I was getting into. I'm not sure the word or term "jazz" is accurate (too widespread) because this album blew me away literally the first time I heard it. The mysterious almost creepy no-time intro to "So What" sets everything up before that classic call and response between bass and piano and gradual build... it's awesome. There's a *space* to this album - I'm not sure how to describe it well, but that space gives the mystery. There's no overload of sound; it always feels like something's coming around the corner and retaining the uncertainty. The entire album feels like that - every track. I love it. Again, I'm probably still speaking out of ignorance but this album might be the one cliché jazz album that everyone knows. To use my words carefully here...so what. Nothing I'll write here will be new - jazz is a little down the list of my preferred genres and I'll still not pretend to be able to know more than the next person but this kind of jazz is what I love and this album is perfection - I'm primarily a rock fan but after >200 albums this is my first 10/10. 10/10 5 stars
smooth like butter. not his fault that i was super sleepy yesterday.
Probably the best jazz album of all time, accessible to jazz newbies and dearly loved by jazz connoisseurs. Features one of the great jazz lineups at the top of their game, Miles leads them on an improvisational masterclass. Genius, 5 stars all the way.
Hard to pick this one apart. Sufficient perhaps to just say that this is one of the greatest jazz albums in the history of the genre - and maybe on of the greatest albums, full stop?
This is that kind of album where everything is exactly where it should be. Every note of it. It can play in the background or it can play in the foreground. It's whatever you want it to be.
Greatest jazz album of all time. No matter how you feel about jazz normally, this one will pluck your heart strings and make you appreciate something new from it.
Still don’t know why this is one of the greatest albums of all time, but I’ll keep listening and trying for my more years. Love this album
This is a tough one to rate. I absolutely love swing-era jazz and have danced countless hours to it. As jazz moved to other styles, it kinda lost me. I dig this album, but I have to be in a certain mood for it. Nonetheless, this album deserves its spot in history.
Le classique des classiques. Un essentiel dans une collection.
oh hell yeah, one of the greatest jazz albums ever made Miles Davis’ the mf GOAT I heard the whole 2 hour legacy edition of Kind of Blue and it’s so good all the way through - 10/10 kind of bebop at some points but mostly a cool, slow jazz album I prefer Bitches Brew, but I think it’s great to hear the classic jazz that got him to where he ended up, making incredible psychedelic experiences
Easy 5 stars. Wild to think that Davis, Coltrane, and Adderly all combined on this. If you like jazz at all, this is it.
Not normally a jazz person, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. Amazingly smooth and great listening.
Alt schpeller. Perfekt jazz. Denne kjøpte jeg på CD på tidlig 2000-tallet. Har den enda. Jeg Hører på dette albumet i snitt 1gang pr mnd. gjør seg enda bedre på et godt stereoanlegg.
Ja, dette må man høre før man dør.
I am 100% biased when it comes to this album being a trumpet player. But this album is smooth, it’s calming, it’s technical. The addition of Coltrane amps this up to even further. Love, LOVE this blues record.
I afraid most of my exposure to jazz has come from Pink Panther and Charlie Brown cartoons. Listening to this album, I feel like this is what I think of when someone says jazz music. It has made me realize jazz music is quite a nice addition to my life. I feel a bit ill-suited to offer a meaningful review, but this sounded great to me and I loved listening to it. A cool way to chill the night away. I love it!
For much of my life, I just couldn't get into jazz. When I decided to really give it a shot, it was Miles that I first went to. This is one of the albums that I now pull out every so often. It is a beautiful jazz album! I also think that it is one that is quite accessible, even for one who is not so much a fan of the genre.
This was not an immediate favorite but it has really, really grown on me as I let myself go with it, listening over the day. (Maybe jazz isn't meant for 6:00 a.m.) It worked much better on a lunchtime walk, although my surroundings kept transforming into a wet night with neon lights reflected on the sidewalk. After that first encounter I tried to figure out what I was supposed to be hearing. I read a lot of Wikipedia trying to understand just what "modal jazz" is. (Boy, that's a technical article. Is this how the musicians communicated about their work?) My very fragile understanding is that Miles Davis created a canvas that allowed for improvised, unrestrained solos. When I had that in mind, it became more remarkable, because, at its worst, jazz can sound like unbearable chaos to me. A bunch of random, screeching saxophone is my nightmare. This, however, was always lovely and harmonious despite flowing freely. It was something to "feel" more than "hear" and I loved how it felt.
The apogee of this particular style. Still fresh and cool.
I though this one was gonna be in the top 10 of the list but it seems jazz has its haters lol. It is a great album, one we have been listening since birth but it is always a good moment when you listen to it. Amazing work.
Everything about this album is pure class.
Timeless classic, not much else to say..
Классика жанра, альбом понравился с первого прослушивания.
Great album. Not 1 single thing wrong with it.
Amazing. I heard bits and pieces through the years and it was wonderful to give it a listen from start to finish. This will be in high rotation for a long time to come
So seductive. So cool. This can be background music, but it slowly, languidly, pulls you in until it's just you immersed in the gentle swishing of the ocean, which is actually Jimmy Cobb on the brushes. There's a cracking fire that warms you. That's Miles. I can resist most jazz. I actively hate free jazz and hard bop, which are less musical than hip-hop. But this is irresistible.
Classic album from Miles Davis - first song will remind you of his talent
Awesome stuff. Can never not enjoy this album
Clearly an iconic Jazz album. I guess that's what happens when you have some of the best musicians in their field all in one place. Super chill music that will stand the test of time. I gotta get this one on vinyl.
Classic. Listen when walking alone at night.
How can someone give less than 5 stars to this monument? I don't know and I don't want to know.
Classic jazz. 5 stars doh!
Jazz doesn't get better than this. Not too pretentious, a nice compromise between virtuosity and listenability for the unpracticed ears.
Everybody's first jazz album. And for good reason! That's also how I've discovered Bill Evans, my favourite jazz pianist. This isn't the Miles album I'd put at the top my list, but that's only because he's made so much and that I'm more attracted by his adventurous side. This one feels like a standard now, and its constant mellow rhythms makes for a good introduction to accessible jazz with great dialogues between musicians. This is the quintessential jazz album in many ways
This is probably as perfect of a jazz 101 LP as there is, and I mean, that’s for a reason- look at the talent behind his band! But time has been kind to the songs and performances, which sound as rich today as ever. A
My dad played this record regularly all through my childhood. This type of jazz remains my favorite to this day (had to look it up, modal jazz; will seek out more); simple motifs stated and restated, with minor variations and improv that's not shy about hitting a phrase multiple times, whether it's harmonious or dissonant.
this is one of my favourite albums i’ve listened to it so many times
Possibly the best album of all time, of any kind of music. I wish I could give 100 stars.
The only jazz album you'll ever need. Shave this list down to 100 albums and this one has to remain. It doesn't matter if jazz isn't your thing. This transcends genre. Even if you're a cynic, just get high and put on some Miles.
Masterpiece. When I was 24 I proudly sported a T-Shirt of this perfect jazz album. The best launching pad into the world of listening to jazz.
Fantastic jazz album. Love every member of this band, they kill it on this one
Wyite simply perfect. 5 🌟
All time classic. One of my favies.
Fantastic, beautiful, sublime. One of the best albums of any genre
Timeless and flawless.
This is an album that brought me into the pantheon of jazz music, classic and beautiful
yeah der it's very great
Well of course, for God's sake, this is just one of the best albums ever. Never gets old.
Masterpiece. Gateway album into Jazz. Make yourself a cocktail, kick up your feet, and just sit back and relax.
Late night, hazy, melancholic NY club vibes. Fav Tracks: All?