Album no. 21/1001
Miles is back, and he’s jazzier than ever.
The sales figures are ‘disputed’, but this is up there as the best selling jazz album of all time. I’m sure Christie will love it.
This is a very different album from Birth Of The Cool, featuring only 5 songs, the shortest of which is almost 6 minutes. It’s really chilled, and definitely not in a rush to get anywhere. Some folks consider this Davis’ masterpiece.
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: Given how much I enjoyed Birth of the Cool earlier in this list, I think it’s pretty safe to say NO. I HAVEN’T.
NK: Nope, my ‘if it’s jazz I don’t know it’ rule comes into play again.
CL: When it finished. That was the standout for me. Thanks.
NK: Oh noooooooooooooooo. Harsh words. Least worst?
CL: Ok fine, I suppose ‘So What’ was passable. Just.
NK: Poor Miles. I liked this much more than Birth Of The Cool! It’s really relaxed. I think ‘So What’ was my favourite as well, but I liked ‘All Blues’ as well. I quite enjoyed this one. It’s certainly my favourite of the studio jazz records so far.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: Don’t listen. But if you have to, do it with earplugs in so you can’t really hear it. And do something else at the same time, like a crossword, so you don’t have to really listen either.
NK: After dark. The walking bass lines are really cool. Turn off all the lights and put this on.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: Oh, because it’s weird and ~jazz~ and therefore it’s good? I don’t know. Even though there’s only 6 tracks, it felt like 6 years of my life down the tubes. Some of the trumpeting sounds good. Just.
NK: I thought this was really good! I’m trying to figure out why I preferred this to Birth of the cool. The longer songs I thought would be more challenging, but they kind of slowed things down. There is more room to breathe on this record, it’s really relaxing. Also a couple of the songs have a basic 12 bar blues progression, so it didn’t feel like the ground was moving under my feet. I think that helped a lot.
Will you be listening again?
CL: NO. CAN WE LEAVE THE MILES DAVIS FOR A WHILE PLEASE, LIST.
NK: I will! I liked this one. Sorry mate.