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3.48 | 34 ratings | 2 reviews | 21% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1955

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nature Boy (6.14)
2. Alone Together (7.17)
3. Theres No You (8.06)
4. Easy Living (5.03)

Total Time 26.38

Line-up / Musicians

- Miles Davis / trumpet

- Brit Woodman / trombone
- Charles Mingus / double bass
- Teddy Charles / vibes
- Elvin Jones / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Bob Parent

LP Debut Records ‎- DEB-120 (1955, US)

CD Debut Records - OJCCD-043-2 (1990, US) Remastered by Kirk Felton

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MILES DAVIS Blue Moods ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (41%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Matthew T
3 stars One thing for sure is you will not be rolling up the carpet for this album consisting of all ballads. Released in 1955 on the Debut Label (Charles Mingus's) with only 4 tracks and only running at just under 27 minutes.

Low key would be the term for this album by Miles. Track 1 The standard Nature Boy commences proceedings with Teddy Charles on Vibes, Britt Woodman on a low Trombone and then Miles enters on muted Trumpet. Charles Mingus gives a solo straight after Miles. Sounds jaw dropping well it is in the yawning fashion.I know he was after an album of ballads but the vibes on this album occasionally veer close to elevator music.

Alone Together which for me is a more intertesting track has a little more boppy sound as Track 3. Ther'es No You has, but not a lot. The vibe solo on the track Alone Together by Teddy Charles is better than most of his work on the album but it is difficult for a player with any flair on such low key material.The tracks are performed beautifully but what happened to a bit of punch in the music which I think is primarily this albums issue. Granted this is music from 1955 but a big finish or something. Britt Woodman on Trombone does a great job but with Elvin and Charles as usual playing is a high standard but nothing special on this album.

A lot of people may enjoy this album and some Miles fans almost consider it a masterpiece.His playing is great throughout but where is the punch.

3 stars

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4 stars I am a big fan of Miles's music until the mid-1960's. He always recruited some of the best musicians in jazz to play with him, and he was always innovative. His output of the late 60's, although I'm sure it's well-played, is just too structure-less for my tastes. I say this to provide a frame ... (read more)

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