Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Buddy Bradley, May 17, 2018.
Listening to this for the second time so far today. It's alright, isn't it?
Best album ever
Beautiful album - and a fantastic entry point to Jazz.
Constant innovation from Miles. What an artist.
Glad you're enjoying it.
I don't know how much you know about Jazz but a lot of people use it as jumping off point to explore the Jazz of that era. All the players on it were at the top of their game. I suggest you try Cannonball Adderley's Somethin Else next. (He's alto Sax in Miles' band and Miles returns the favour by appearing on Somethin Else).
There's still a bit of snobbery about KoB from some of the jazz cognoscenti, but I think it's a good album. But, not as good as either Sketches of Spain or In A Silent Way (his best, in my opinion).
Who are these so-called jazz cognoscenti?
Personally, I think it's both impossible and pointless to pick a 'best' Miles album. The three you've mentioned are not just good, they're absolute classics, as are many others.
May post more later on this...
There's always going to be some people for whom the popularity of acclaimed music is going to be a problem.
I do remember that Ken Burns doc series on jazz relied on input from Wynton Marsalis who is quite dismissive of jazz fusion. Personally, I love a bit of the old Mahavishnu Orchestra...
I love Sketches of Spain but I recall a snobby comment on here about that too.
I was inspired to make a play list as an introduction to the players on Kind of Blue. (I'm afraid I've not included Jimmy Cobb as his best work is actually on albums he isn't leader on. And it seemed weird to do that, IYSWIM. But he's still completely wonderful. And the only one still alive from the KoB session).
This has reminded me this album is probably one of my Desert Island Discs though I haven't listened to it for a while.
It oozes effortless class...
I played it to death when I first discovered it.
I've never been a full-on "Jazzer" and came to the genre via Joni Mitchell's jazzy albums and John Mc Laughlin (Shakti then Mahavishnu), but it led me to buy several other Miles Albums like the ones mentioned up-thread.
It was recorded only shortly before I was born.
a snobby comment? on here? are you quite sure?
My dad played it to death all through my childhood, that makes it even more special for me.
It's a great album, but I haven't felt the need to listen to it for as long as I can remember. Probably overplayed it in my youth I think.
Best Miles Davis "fusion" album?
Hmm I love Sketches of Spain and B&P is a bellend, but I think it's ok not to like it. I don't think it's necessarily snobbery. It's all a bit hating the beatles is a hipster affectation really.
I agree that it's fine not to like anything. It's a matter of taste. But I think you have to read the whole thread to get the full flavour of the wrongness involved here.
I was only joking, I don't really think it's thats snobby round here
ah yes. I hadn't spotted that gentle-but-thorough schooling.
Best-selling Jazz Albums of All Time (RIAA); or "There's No Money in Jazz"
I'm enjoying my playlist.
It's a fantastic album.
Snobby jazz wankers need to fuck off and take some heroin and then write something as good.
I'm enjoying that too Danny. It's a nice selection.
And yep A Kind Of Blue was my first excursion into Jazz along with a Billie Holiday Best Of, both on cassette from the local library.
I got a book from there too called Billies Blues, a great read, first half about her life second half focused on her music.
This was the first jazz album i properly listened to about 25 years go - this and Miles Davis' Porgy and Bess.
And funnily enough, after several years of not having listened to it - I've had the CD in my car for about a month now. But I'm too scared to talk much about jazz because I always end up pissing off some one who knows far more about jazz than i ever will.
On here? Just go for it. In RL? Read this thread and you'll be fine (up to the early 30s anyway): Jazz history - all of it! The Thread
That thread needs an update! I know your entitled to spend your free time as you see fit danny but I need some welcome distraction from doing job applications.
Cheers for the Spotify mix btw!
Actually I do really want to have a damned good natter about jazz - not so much about Miles Davis though - more about some of really interesting things I've been finding in my online searches - including Arabic and African jazz. Maybe I need to start my own thread.
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