Kind of Blue

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
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Based on 5 reviews
1959 Ratings: #1 / 9
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Based on 661 ratings
1959 Ratings: #1
August 17, 1959 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Jazz / Genres
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Few albums of any genre manage to work on so many different levels, but Kind of Blue does. It can be played as background music, yet it amply rewards close listening. It is advanced music that is extraordinarily enjoyable.


This already classic recording will remain the quintessential Miles Davis album.

The album is a legacy in its own right, the artist is a legacy amongst his peers, and if there’s one album for jazz to hang its figurative legacy hat upon, it’s this one.

Kind of Blue is Miles' magnum opus. His greatest production and standing against the best jazz albums ever recorded. Every member of this particular ensemble could be counted in the top 5 of their instrument category.

As i sit here writing this, it feels very picturesque. The sun is pouring in through the windows, the brilliant blues in the greens, a cardinal hopping about in search of food, and myself as i lift my eyes off the laptop, to take a moment and enjoy this moment, while Kind of Blue is on for the umpteenth time. It is a special moment when you can reflect on the atmosphere around you and take in creation, through all the sights, smells and sounds. So what, if i should be writing a school paper, a ... read more
Jazz is, to me, the hardest genre to review so I base my jazz albums score more on what I feel than on the album quality.
"Kind Of Blue" is a melancholic, relaxing experience with a sense of charm to it. It has this sense of vintage attached to it. My only problem with this album is that it could be more experimental but that's more of a question of taste than any other thing. Everything on this album sounds as sweet and beautiful as everyone says tho. Definitely reccomend it.
i kinda wanna use this album as an example into how I rate old and revolutionary music. I'll also use Velvet Underground's White Light as an example too. So, I personally don't rate albums with the date in mind. I'm aware music technology is limited the further back you go, but this doesn't really matter to me, as quality has no date i guess. But along with less ways to make music, there are obviously less ideas and inspirations you could build songs around.
Saying all that, I think this is ... read more
Yeah. I really don't understand jazz that much. It's calming and I like calming albums but this kinda felt like, as much as I hate using the term, background music. Again, I see why people love the shit out of this album. But I feel like the minority here and I'm usually very open-minded about a lot of genres.
I don't listen to that much Jazz. Almost every Jazz album sounds the same to me with an exception of a handful with this album in particular. After listening to this album I must say that I found another understanding and developed an appreciation for Jazz.

In short a fantastic album, just so damn beautiful. It is an experience every human being should allow himself or herself to listen to this record. It is a state of mind, a praise to the talent men can achieve.
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Added on: March 15, 2013