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Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991)

Miles Davis was not only a gifted musician (trumpet and composition) but also a major artist of the twentieth century. He was in a constant search for new forms of expression. Having been a painter himself, and not unlike Pablo Picasso he tried to renew himself in all periods of his life. He played on various early bebop records, recorded one of the first cool jazz records, developped modal jazz, and was a pioneer in jazz rock . Only a few musicians have mastered like him to shape new forms and set aesthetic milestones.

The "electric" period of Miles Davis started in 1969 and ended in1975 when Miles retired due to health problems until the end of the seventies. In these years Miles distributed an important part to jazz rock. Columbia released four studio records 'In a silent way'(1969), 'Bitches Brew' (1970), 'A tribute to Jack Johnson' (1970), 'On the Corner' (1972) and an important number of live records (some released on vinyl only in Japan) : 'Black Beauty'/Live at the Fillmore West (1970), 'Live-Evil' (1970), 'Dark Magus' (1974) 'Agharta' (1975), 'Pangaea' (1975). A great part of the studio tracks recorded during these years were only released in the second half of the 70's and first half of the 80's on various compilations.

Beginning with 'In a silent way' Miles used mainly riffs or short segments and more often just simple rhythmic figures that would serve as a base for collective improvisation. At the same time the rhythmic changed from tertiary jazz rhythm to binary rock rhythm. Guitarist John Mc Laughlin became one of the key elements of the electric Miles sound. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, Miles Davis used during this period for the first time new studio techniques, new electronic instruments (among them the Fender Rhodes electric piano) and new sound devices, (Miles would use heavily the Wah-Wah pedal, popularized by Hendrix) to enlarge the sound spectrum of his music. Miles was among the first musicians to realize the full potential of modern recording studios. He and his longtime producer Teo Macero recorded non-stop whole sessions, with the intention to choose and assemble the material afterwards. They would use this technique in an extensive way, especially on 'Bitches Brew', creating musical "puzzles" through multiple edits, up to a point where the original tracks are barely recognizable. ('Pharaoh's Dance'on Bitches Brew contained nineteen ...
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The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961)The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961)
Remastered
Sony Legacy 2001
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Not Now 2016
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Remastered
Sony Legacy 2002
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Kind Of BlueKind Of Blue
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MILES DAVIS discography


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3.07 | 15 ratings
First Miles
1945
3.38 | 8 ratings
Boppin' The Blues
1946
3.13 | 8 ratings
Cool Boppin'
1948
3.00 | 9 ratings
Blue Period
1951
3.48 | 21 ratings
Blue Haze [Aka: Miles Davis Quartet]
1954
3.91 | 15 ratings
The Musings Of Miles [Aka: The Beginning]
1955
3.50 | 22 ratings
Blue Moods
1955
3.75 | 8 ratings
Collectors' Items
1956
4.04 | 24 ratings
Miles Davis And Milt Jackson [Aka: Quintet/Sextet]
1956
3.69 | 13 ratings
Miles Davis And Horns
1956
3.31 | 16 ratings
Miles [Aka: The New Miles Davis Quintet]
1956
3.98 | 37 ratings
Bags' Groove
1957
4.27 | 116 ratings
'Round About Midnight
1957
3.70 | 37 ratings
Miles Davis All Stars: Walkin'
1957
4.05 | 47 ratings
The Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin'
1957
3.87 | 46 ratings
The Miles Davis Quintet: Relaxin'
1957
3.85 | 50 ratings
Miles Ahead
1957
4.30 | 137 ratings
Milestones
1958
3.22 | 31 ratings
Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)
1958
3.82 | 22 ratings
Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants
1958
3.97 | 13 ratings
Jazz Track
1958
4.13 | 76 ratings
Porgy and Bess
1958
4.12 | 49 ratings
The Miles Davis Quintet: Workin'
1959
4.36 | 888 ratings
Kind Of Blue
1959
4.04 | 158 ratings
Sketches Of Spain
1960
3.63 | 44 ratings
Miles Davis Sextet: Someday My Prince Will Come
1961
4.13 | 53 ratings
The Miles Davis Quintet: Steamin'
1961
3.48 | 33 ratings
Quiet Nights
1963
4.12 | 59 ratings
Seven Steps To Heaven
1963
3.83 | 57 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: E.S.P.
1965
4.22 | 106 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles
1966
4.05 | 70 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: Sorcerer
1967
4.15 | 103 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: Nefertiti
1967
4.03 | 80 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: Miles In The Sky
1968
3.91 | 72 ratings
Filles De Kilimanjaro
1968
4.30 | 620 ratings
In A Silent Way
1969
4.25 | 598 ratings
Bitches Brew
1970
4.20 | 185 ratings
A Tribute To Jack Johnson
1971
3.82 | 98 ratings
On The Corner
1972
4.30 | 87 ratings
Big Fun
1974
4.06 | 87 ratings
Get Up With It
1974
3.45 | 50 ratings
Water Babies
1976
3.57 | 33 ratings
The Man With The Horn
1981
3.18 | 34 ratings
Star People
1983
2.52 | 33 ratings
Decoy
1984
2.66 | 33 ratings
You're Under Arrest
1985
2.46 | 64 ratings
Tutu
1986
3.48 | 46 ratings
Aura
1989
3.70 | 34 ratings
Amandla
1989
2.41 | 49 ratings
Doo-Bop
1992

MILES DAVIS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.75 | 8 ratings
Birdland 1951
1951
3.90 | 10 ratings
At Newport
1958
3.43 | 18 ratings
At Carnegie Hall
1961
4.12 | 17 ratings
Miles in Berlin
1964
4.16 | 25 ratings
My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert
1965
3.61 | 13 ratings
Miles in Tokyo
1969
3.13 | 36 ratings
Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore East
1970
4.05 | 71 ratings
Live-Evil
1971
2.96 | 24 ratings
In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall
1972
3.31 | 29 ratings
Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West
1973
4.63 | 56 ratings
Dark Magus
1974
4.33 | 54 ratings
Pangaea
1975
3.67 | 60 ratings
Agharta
1975
3.46 | 25 ratings
We Want Miles
1982
2.86 | 7 ratings
Live In Warsaw
1983
3.16 | 6 ratings
Miles Davis And The Lighthouse All-Stars: At Last !
1985
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Second Spring
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Live
1991
4.38 | 13 ratings
The Complete Concert 1964 My Funny Valentine + Four & More
1992
3.88 | 15 ratings
Live At Montreux (with Quincy Jones)
1993
4.60 | 10 ratings
The Complete Live at The Plugged Nickel
1995
3.09 | 14 ratings
Live Around the World
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bye Bye Blackbird
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Fat Time
1997
4.07 | 16 ratings
It's About that Time: Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970
2001
3.00 | 2 ratings
Olympia - Jul. 11th, 1973
2002
4.67 | 9 ratings
In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
European Tour '56 (With the Modern Jazz Quartet and Lester Young)
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moondreams
2007
4.71 | 7 ratings
MIles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. I
2011
3.60 | 12 ratings
Bitches Brew Live
2011
2.00 | 2 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet - The Unissued Japanese Concerts
2011

MILES DAVIS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 2 ratings
Miles in Paris
1990
4.07 | 5 ratings
The Miles Davis Story
2002

MILES DAVIS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.15 | 54 ratings
Birth of The Cool
1949
3.53 | 19 ratings
Dig
1956
4.00 | 5 ratings
Miles Davis: Volume 1
1956
4.33 | 3 ratings
Many Miles of Davis
1962
5.00 | 3 ratings
Miles Davis Vol. 1
1963
0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays For Lovers
1965
0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
1967
2.26 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Man Ahead
1970
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tallest Trees
1972
4.44 | 16 ratings
Circle In The Round
1979
4.29 | 7 ratings
'58 Sessions Featuring Stella By Starlight
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Miles Davis (Collection)
1993
4.50 | 2 ratings
This Is Jazz: Miles Davis Acoustic
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Masters - 100 Ans De Jazz
1996
3.79 | 20 ratings
The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
1998
3.28 | 6 ratings
Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974
1998
4.83 | 6 ratings
Best of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-'68
1999
4.96 | 9 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: The Complete Studio Recordings, 1965-'68
1999
4.30 | 18 ratings
The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
2001
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Essential Miles Davis
2001
3.47 | 8 ratings
The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
2003
4.13 | 13 ratings
The Cellar Door Sessions
2005
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Best Of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961)
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of Miles davis: The Warner Bros. Sessions 1985/ 1991
2007
4.72 | 11 ratings
The Complete On the Corner Sessions
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Milestones
2007
2.00 | 1 ratings
Double Best Collection: Miles Davis
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Collections
2009
5.00 | 7 ratings
The Complete Columbia Album Collection
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Perfect Way: The Miles Davis Anthology - The Warner Bros. Years
2010
4.08 | 5 ratings
Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1969 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 2)
2013

MILES DAVIS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Miles Davis And His Orchestra Vol. 2
1953
4.00 | 1 ratings
Classics In Jazz Part 1
1954
2.00 | 1 ratings
Green Haze
1955
4.00 | 3 ratings
Collectors' Items
1957
3.50 | 2 ratings
Someday My Prince Will Come
1962
2.00 | 1 ratings
Blow / Fantasy
1992
2.95 | 2 ratings
Plugged Nickel Sampler
1995
2.00 | 1 ratings
Miles
2008

MILES DAVIS Reviews


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 On The Corner by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.82 | 98 ratings

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On The Corner
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by PrognosticMind

4 stars Now THIS is an underrated recording!

The opening track is worth the price of this one alone. The rest of the record isn't too shabby, and displays perhaps the pinnacle of Davis' fusion experiments and lineups. Similar to Bitches Brew in its approach and production, On The Corner is serious fusion for serious fusion fans.

Percussion and rhythm are the name of the game here. There's no pause for the slow and weak. The bass holds down a steady riff while the world instruments dance and weave through, between, and behind the drums. With so much going on, it really does represent New York City on an average day. Miles was the master of capturing aesthetic in sound.

He started on Bitches Brew, and continues that here on On The Corner.

The production techniques used are top notch.

Must-listen recording for any jazz fusion enthusiast!

 In A Silent Way by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.30 | 620 ratings

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In A Silent Way
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by PrognosticMind

3 stars Compared to what came before - IASW is solid gold.

Compared to Bitches Brew and all the wonderful fusion that came after - this is tame (and sort of a letdown).

Overrated might be a more accurate term, but not in the conventional sense. The music, production, and style is NOT lacking here. It's apparent and present in spades. What isn't present is the free-form experimental vibe of later Davis fusion recordings. Stuff such as BB and On The Corner are a new level that almost seems alien to this era. While completely preference, I find myself listening to this one less and less since I have more interesting offerings from Miles and co.

Perhaps it's my personal preference for abstract acid jazz fusion, but this one has always felt too tame to garner such status in my opinion.

Overrated and only mildly enthralling.

If you want real fusion, start with Bitches Brew (1969) and work your way from there to Get Up With It (1974).

 Bitches Brew by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.25 | 598 ratings

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Bitches Brew
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by PrognosticMind

5 stars Before I begin, let me say this absolutely is a five-star recording. If not for the lineup, then for the state-of- the-art production techniques used back in 1969. Those were progressive in their own right!

Bitches Brew is Miles Davis' first record that has the fusion feel. Sure, there were others (many argue it all started on In a Silent Way; I'll argue against that!), but BB is where it really culminated both sonically and aesthetically. The cover art alone is inspiring and indicative of "directions in music" - which is an accurate preface for this monstrous work of art.

Fans of classic beepop and freebop will be disappointed with this one, however, as it's essentially abstract art in sound. There is little difference between BB and a Picasso, Dali, or Chirico surrealist painting. In fact, the two are perfectly paired. What this means stylistically for the average listener is "I just hear jamming/noise/directionless crap".

This couldn't be further from the truth!

Miles and co masterfully weave leads and melodies over some of the best vamps ever heard on any fusion recording...ever.

Others will give a track by track analysis. I'll just talk about one track - the most important, in my estimation: the title track itself.

Bitches Brew (title track) is my favorite. It's absolutely haunting. Try to count out the bass line in the intro; it will get you every single time. The movements here are spot on. The atmosphere captured here is unparalleled. The first time I heard it, it clicked immediately, and hasn't let go. Timeless is an understatement.

Do yourself a favor and procure a physical copy of this recording. Whether compact disc of vinyl (ideally both), you'll not be disappointed. While slightly more jarring than your average jazz recording, it could take some getting used to. You won't regret the relationship you form with Bitches Brew. Get on with it!

 Get Up With It by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.06 | 87 ratings

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Get Up With It
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars Given Miles Davis has such a large discography, it'll be virtually impossible to know everything he's released, and I know there's plenty of titles, even in this day, that I'm completely unaware of. I only knew of Get Up With It around 2004. Another one of those neglected Miles albums no one talks about, unlike say, Bitches Brew. It was 120 minutes long, so it had to be a triple LP set. Wrong! It's a double LP set, probably the lengthiest double ever released. Given it was out of print for so long (Sony finally got to reissuing it in the States only in 2000) original LPs aren't always easy to come by. I finally got a copy, but I don't regret it. This album consisted of material recorded in 1973 and '74, plus Jack Johnson and On the Corner outtakes. He just couldn't get those fit on those albums, so I'm happy he didn't let them stay in the archives. I'm sure people were scared off by this album because it starts with "He Love Him Madly". A tribute to Duke Ellington, who just then-recently passed away, it's clear it really devastated Miles big time. That caused him to record a slow pace, spacy, eerie and ominous piece where the organ, rather than trumpet dominates. It does pick up some, but the tempo is pretty much slow, and I'm sure that scared off a lot of potential listeners back in the day. I get it: mood and atmosphere was what he was more concerned here, kinda like what Tangerine Dream did for Zeit, but unlike Zeit, there is at least drums and a bit of rhythm. But the album really picks up steam after, exploring funk, Latin, blues, calypso, you name it, and do it very well. "Calypso Frelimo" is cut from much the same cloth as Return to Forever's "Captain Senor Mouse", except it's 32 minutes long. It starts off with some calypso stuff on the organ, but then quickly goes into extended jams, with heavy emphasis on percussion. This frequently sounds, to my ears, if the Drum Tower at the Oregon Country Fair (Drum Tower is a space for people to play their drums at, that is, bongos, congas, Native American drums, darbukas, and so on) was occupied by professional jazz players, including sax and various percussion players, and an organist. (For those who don't know, the Oregon Country Fair is a yearly hippie fair held outside of Eugene, Oregon, and you know you nearing the Drum Tower when you hear a lots of hand drums playing). Of course, Chick Corea & Company would have never though to extend their "Senor Mouse" to over a half an hour long, but Miles did with "Calypso Frelimo". There are times the album gets experimental, like on "Rated X" while the blues influence is felt on "Honky Tonky" and Red China Blues". Apparently guitarist Pete Cosey had an experience in blues and R&B recording for Chess Records (Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters giving him blues experience), but his guitar playing here is much more rock-oriented than blues. I have often what compelled Miles to start the album off with "He Loves Him Madly", while I enjoy it, many may not. Regardless, I really love the variety covered on this album. Even Robert Christgau gave it an A- (given he was a big fan of Miles David to begin with), very much the same rating he gave for the much more popular Bitches Brew. It don't get the recognition of many of his other albums, but I very much highly recommend it. I can't give it a five star only because "He Loves Him Madly" can be a bit hard going.
 Sketches Of Spain by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1960
4.04 | 158 ratings

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Sketches Of Spain
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars For their third collaboration, Miles Davis and Gil Evans teamed up to tackle the whole Third Stream business - then a big wave in jazz, much like jazz-rock fusion would become a big wave at the other end of the 1960s - and knock it out of the park. The inclusion of flamenco and saeta accents here and there ensures that the album keeps a little spice and voids descending into syrupy 1950s Hollywood-classical, and in addition a suitable amount of effort is made to ensure that the orchestra swings just as much as the jazz players do. The sound of the album will surprise listeners more used to Miles' modal jazz and post-bop offerings from around this period, but precisely because it stands out so much it becomes a real gem in Miles' extensive discography.
 Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold) by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1958
3.22 | 31 ratings

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Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold)
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Film noir jazz at its best. This is much more stripped-down and sparse than you usually think of when it comes to Miles Davis' work, perhaps in part due to him working with a mostly French backing band instead of his usual suspects. Imagine Miles under a spotlight surrounded by pitch darkness playing mournful trumpet solos as something suitably noirish and/or Lynchian happens. Recent rereleases add a plethora of bonus tracks made up of unused and unreleased takes, which will be interesting to jazz historians but doesn't make for quite a good listening experience compared to the carefully chosen and nicely succinct original LP running order.
 Kind Of Blue by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1959
4.36 | 888 ratings

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Kind Of Blue
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by aglasshouse

4 stars Jazz with pizzazz- a phrase with many 'z's but in reference to an artist that keeps doesn't let you sleep a wink.

Miles Davis was a pioneer for his time, undoubtedly. Although not as progressively experimental as future jazz fusion bands like Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra, Davis (among a other notable jazz groups/musicians) did a complete turnover on the jazz scene around the end of the 50's and the rest of the 60's with unheard-of experimentation. Incomprehensible by many of the jazz critics at the time, artists like Davis were scolded for changing the industry in such a drastic way, but over time garnered sensational praise with how revolutionary they were.

While not exactly jazz-rock fusion like electric period Davis, Kind of Blue is no doubt progressive jazz. While following typical 4/4 standard (mainly with the drumming by Jimmy Cobb), the famous dual saxophonists John Coltrane and "Cannonball" Adderley tender an eclectic vocal-like melody of illustrious toots in a back-and-forth sort of way. They are really what make this album what it is, as they can change in a snap without hesitation from soft to booming. Miles Davis himself is very similar, except as the royal trumpeter of this engagement hitting the highest notes. The brass section really does a good conjoined job of throwing up some unique patterns unseen on most jazz albums of the time. A problem much jazz faces is that sometimes the saxophone/trumpet/really any kind of brass overcomes all other instruments. This means it's up to the brass to be unique with such a mainline part, and much like vocals, if not done correctly can lead to some extremely irritating music. This is untrue of Kind of Blue- Davis, Coltrane, and Cannonball make for a really unique and creative experience that doesn't fade in quality even after all these years.

Enough about the brass, how's the rest of the band? Cobb is a standard drummer but I laud him for his vitality to keep up a clean beat even when faced with a doozy like 'All Blues', an eleven minute epic. Paul Chambers on bass and Bill Evans (and Wynton Kelly even though he only plays on track two) on the keys really go hand in hand as the backup. They rarely get moments to shine as a fronting instrument, they always manage to keep a cool and laidback atmosphere, really working well with the idea of cool-jazz better than most.

Kind of Blue is not fusion in the slightest but it is undeniably a classic. It deserves reverence and I suggest you hasten to check it out.

 Kind Of Blue by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1959
4.36 | 888 ratings

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Kind Of Blue
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

5 stars The birth of the cool cats club

The year 1959 is often credited as being the most creative single year in jazz history when decades of trends and slowly evolving developments were suddenly turned upside down by several independently minded jazz musicians who suddenly decided that the norm was just not cool anymore. There was of course the riveting free jazz experimentation of Ornette Coleman with his groundbreaking "The Shape Of Jazz To Come," the cool jazz time signature explorations of The Dave Brubeck Quartet on "Take Five" as well as John Coltrane offering his reinterpretations of just how the saxophone should be played on his phenomenal "Giant Steps," but after all the creative dust settled and the 20/20 hind sight of history slowly coalesced into some sort of consensus, it was in the end MILES DAVIS who received the greatest accolades for his groundbreaking emphasis on the full-on emergence into the world of modal jazz, which of course is the style of jazz that incorporates musical modes as harmonic framework over fixed chord progressions. In short, MILES DAVIS had spent the 50s pretty much keeping up with the trends of jazz and perfecting them, but by 1959 and with the release of KIND OF BLUE, he finally became the leader of the pack and this release precisely marks the exact time period when he proved his genius of taking the reigns and leading the musical world into his own vision which in the long run would become one of the most revered and influential albums (not just jazz) of all of music history. Oh, and the best selling jazz album ever as well. Not too shabby!

What it all boils down to is that DAVIS was growing weary of jazz becoming an Olympic marathon where every musician had to compete to outdo the other. KIND OF BLUE was in effect a return to the soul of the musical movement that began way back with Scott Joplin who set up the proto-jazz ragtime movement that created an uplifting musical development that would stir the soul as well as bedazzle the technically minded in one fell swoop. This was a statement that it was time to revert back to the art of cooperation over competition where the sum of the parts of the musical contributions would coalesce into a much stronger statement than would the bombastic meanderings of the individual performers trying to one-up his fellow player. KIND OF BLUE shouted this out in full vehemence and although he was overshadowed by the other developments of jazz that occurred in the same year of release, MILES DAVIS had the last laugh by having KIND OF BLUE stand out over the decades as one of the most influential and best selling jazz albums ever to grace the entire genre which spans more decades than any other modern musical art form. While the modal jazz thing had been done before including by DAVIS himself as recently as his 1958 "Milestones," it was only on KIND OF BLUE that DAVIS devoted an entire album exclusively to the development of it.

Musically this is a supergroup of talented musicians before there were supergroups and before most of these guys were famous in their own right. KIND OF BLUE is in effect a spawning ground for many greats to emulate. You couldn't ask for a better lineup with DAVIS leading on his signature trumpet. Not only does this album showcase the holy trinity brass fraternization of DAVIS in unison with Cannonball Adderley on alto sax and the great John Coltrane delivering his tenor sax but also delivers the equally riveting double bass rhythmic stabilizing effects of Paul Chambers in cahoots with the percussive adroitness of Jimmy Cobb all dressed up with the piano accompaniment of Bill Evans (with Wynton Kelly briefly taking over on "Freddie Freeloader"). In effect, what we ultimately experience of these musicians is the achemizing effect of their talents into a much greater whole which is nothing short of a musical miracle of sorts. From the very first notes on piano by Bill Evans on "So What" to the final wailing sax notes of "Flamenco Sketches" listener is presented a band in perfect unison together. DAVIS purportedly entered the studio in early 1959 and only gave the musicians the rudimentary basics of what was to come and instructed them to "feel" their way through the darkness using only their musical intuition to find their way. Many of these tracks have no set melody and are only structured by certain chord progressions using improvisation over the different modes. This semi-structure with creative spontaneity where everything went right is one of the many reasons why KIND OF BLUE ranks high in not only jazz musician's greatest albums of all time but with a majority of music lover's outside the realms of jazz as well. KIND OF BLUE is one of those touched-by-the-gods type of albums where despite all the obstacles and distractions that could have arisen were put aside for a brief moment of time where creative expression reigned free without impediments thus becoming a true inspiration for musicians in myriad genres.

OK, so what's the fuss about this album? REALLY? I mean there is a major difference between understanding that a certain landmark album is a cornerstone in historical development and worthy of historical appreciation and actually enjoying it as an interesting listening experience. Well, i have to admit that being someone born after the period and not even getting to hearing this until decades later, that i was one who respected it, much preferring the venomous bite of the hard bop and Dixieland jazz that came before over the slow tempo and chilled cool jazz releases that were initiated by this release. But after many listens, all the barriers have broken down and KIND OF BLUE is sort of like a tick that subtly inserts its fangs into your neck and slowly injects its essence into your blood in a profound way and like lyme disease incubates in your DNA until one day when you throw this on for a spin just to feel a patriotic musical duty, suddenly has the ability to pry open all prejudices and simply infuse the listening capabilities with sweet sensual melodies and genuine enjoyment of its original intentional uplifting mojo. While this has mostly been a 4 star album for me for most of my acquaintance, in the end i have finally succumbed to the majesty of it all and while KIND OF BLUE will not even make my top list of MILES DAVIS favorites list, there is no doubt that this is indeed the touted masterpiece that it has been deemed for it truly does capture a unique spirit that is extremely rare where all the elements come together with a healthy dose of divine intervention to create a veritable musical transcendental phenomenon.

Basically if this isn't gelling with your musical sensibilities, take it from a metal and prog rock lover who had to back peddle to appreciate the more sensual side of roots music to understand where such releases as KIND OF BLUE were coming from, but ultimately once properly injected with all its magic in enough doses, i can honestly say that this music clicked with me in a most profound way. Multiple listens are needed to fully understand the true intent and accomplishments of this album. Jazz is a most complex musical art form in any respect and although the cool modal jazz may sound simplistic in comparison to some of the hard bop and avant-garde jazz releases of the era, there is much to glean from the experience that does not make itself apparent upon first or even second listen. While KIND OF BLUE may never be deemed the most complex musical offering of the ages, it does reach a certain balance in taming complexity for its own sake as well as creating melodies on demand as the musicians performing felt appropriate for this fleeting moment in time. For whatever reason, the final product resulted in establishing itself as a classic of the 20th century that not only punctuated a clear delineation of jazz development in the timeline but more simply created a cavorting gambol of musical expression that has literally reverberated throughout the decades.

 Birth of The Cool by DAVIS, MILES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1949
4.15 | 54 ratings

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Birth of The Cool
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by uduwudu

4 stars Well I've just found a new version of this album, the above track listing plus 8 bonus cuts on an obscure (to me) label called Crackerjack. Almost certainly it's a low budget label with easily licensed content. However its very nicely done, LP style gate fold jacket, with liner notes in clear, (if still necessarily small monochrome for we ocularly challenged), a detailed soft inner bag - all the accoutrements that record consumers love, at a reasonable price. The inner bag details the line ups for the 1951 bonus studio cuts and the 1948 live recordings.

Keep an eye out in the sales stores, you never know what turns up among the mass produced over-compiled, lowest-common denominator oriented content that now comes across as dross due to the shoddy marketing.

Anyway, so this turned up. I've known this album from a while back, the above compilation. Possibly my memory but this master sounds a little more restrained.

The music is cool jazz with a fantastic series of line ups based around Miles Davis Nonet. Smoky jazz, nightclub beautiful, elegant - the epitome of cool. The music is tightly arranged, flawlessly played and sounds impeccable.

Now one of the things we must do as reviewers is rate things down for yer typical prog rock fan. As prog rock has not been defined and can encompass a fusion fan to Zeuhl and RIO, avant garde, electronica and all things classically oriented so where does the typical come in? I will have the almighty rind to rate the music highly but I do not have the nerve to assume a listener who likes Yes (e.g. me) would like this less because it does not sound like Yes. That's too difficult for a simple soul so I can only point anyone interested in this album to get the thing. Preferably this version that is now nearly 70 minutes long. Others will really enjoy the upgrade on their 35 minute version.

Naturally this has nothing to do do with the hybrid of country and blues i.e. rock. That had yet to be invented and jazz was in it's late forties by now. Oh one thing for the yet to be convinced - there is nothing dated sounding on this. There's plenty of jazz played in the 21st Century such as cool. The recording is not perfect but has been remastered so other than the very occasional mild overloading of a frequency into what are no longer state of the art microphones, this sounds very good indeed. Some bonus cuts are live, others studio.

Of course if you don't like jazz then you're not going to like it no matter what I say. Still, however orchestrated the multi-horn band is, the intimacy of the music is never lost and the melodic standard is as high as the performance value. Just for reviewer reference I prefer smaller band arrangements to big band (just my taste that's all).

The Darn That Dream bonus one of two vocal tracks on either version of this album, the other is a bonus number called You Go To My Head. Which, for someone who is also not overly keen on the jazz croon (too M.O.R. for me) is a relief. N.B. This observation and remark does not apply to Billie Holliday and Frank.

If you do like jazz, and you like Miles (really, are the two exclusive?) this is essential music, in an essential format.

4.5 stars rounded to 4 as it is not prog rock (sounds silly to me - rating something on what it's not is a bit daft but there we go). Five star for music, jazz and the music collection that likes it's content enriched rather than diluted). A slightly better recording (they've done their best with recordings that are in their mid sixties and its a very good best) and some slight (possibly unavailable detail?) for the bonus cut line ups but otherwise this new version of Birth of The Cool is just fine.

 Kind Of Blue by DAVIS, MILES album cover Studio Album, 1959
4.36 | 888 ratings

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Kind Of Blue
Miles Davis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by nikow

5 stars First off, I'm no real jazz aficionado or an expert in any way, but Kind of Blue is in my opinion nearly flawless from beginning to the end. There are no weak spots to be heard and it is one example of a classic that has truly earned its place in the annals of music. I have heard several other albums of Davis from 50s and 60s but none of them excite me as much as this. As I am just a layman when it comes to the theory of music I am not going to go into details about the songs here, these aspects have already been taken up by much worthier reviewers than me.

Kind of Blue is one of those albums where you just press play, sit in your favorite armchair and let the music carry you away from this mortal world for its duration.

There are some albums where all just magically clicks together to create a whole bigger than the sum of its individual parts. Kind of Blue is one of those rare occurrences and it should belong to the collection of any self respecting music fan.

Thanks to alucard for the artist addition.

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