'Round About Midnight

Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1957 Ratings: #5 / 13
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Based on 112 ratings
1957 Ratings: #3
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March 6, 1957 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Jazz / Genres
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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
Since my legendary album “Bitches Brew” listen which changed how Jazz music can be performed in various ways, I decided to check out more & more achievements he has done back in the earlier 40~50s. I know there’s more releases before this album, but being the Kind of blue milestone, thought is was a must listen so I did it.

Seeing the compositions & writing credits for this album, there’s not a single song composed by Miles himself, but it’s clear that he ... 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
While certainly a very good album, I can't see "Round About Midnight' competing with some of the most celebrated Miles Davis releases. That being said, the album is full to the brim with fantastic and vibrant performances from Davis and each of the members of his quintet, most notably, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone. The opening 2 tracks are by far the most essential in my eyes. The sheer quality of the musicianship on those two track never really gets matched on the remainder of this ... read more
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Added on: January 19, 2014