'Round About Midnight

Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight
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1957 Ratings: #3 / 12
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Having finally recorded enough material to fulfill his contract with Prestige, Miles releases his first album with Columbia. That album would then go on to prove that Davis was more than just another jazz artist making hard bop records that didn't amount to too much in the grand scheme of things, with it becoming one of jazz's leading forces' most recognized releases.

Sure, you could argue that 'Round About Midnight doesn't show any major improvements in Miles' musical abilities. He's still ... read more


[I invite you to read my review of Miles Davis' Birth Of The Cool, to better understand his life and the next part 2:]
Miles Pt.2 - the consecration
To put it in context, Birth Of The Cool was released in 1957, but it's based on recordings from 1949 to 1950, so I've pretty much stayed within that period for part 1. As I told you, the period from 1949 to 1956 was a difficult time for Miles, as his work was not fully recognized and not commercially successful, yet he developed cool jazz almost ... read more


'Round About Midnight is a logical place to start with Miles Davis' career given this is the first album in which he performed for the label Columbia, which the majority of his music was released under over the course of his career. Of course a great deal happened in both Miles Davis' music, career, and jazz in general. But you can only cover so much in a week.

Miles Davis enlisted what is considered the "first great quintet", which incorporated the saxophone styling of famed ... read more


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I don't really know what to say about this one...
This is by far the least interesting Miles project I have heard so far... but it is also really good at what it does. This is sort of like a prelude to what mastery he would showcase in this direction with Kind of Blue, but still amazingly executed. This album may not be anything mind-blowing when it comes to Jazz, but my god is it enjoyable to listen to. The atmosphere here is really apparent and this is generally just a really good collection ... read more

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Added on: January 19, 2014