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Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis on Columbia CL 1355

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Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis on Columbia CL 1355

An all-time classic.

This of course is a great record and one of the best known recorded jazz sessions of all time. I feel it’s very enjoyable. A superb effort. I like the laidback feeling throughout and the sound. But I appreciate a lot of other records just as much. It’s not like it’s completely outstanding to me. So for me musically, this a record with no higher status than a lot of my other albums. But again; it’s a superb album, no doubt.

This is the only Columbia record in my collection. Will it stay that way? Who knows. Probably not though. I haven’t listened to it in ages. Except for maybe ”So What” digitally a few times between the vinyl sessions. What a fantastic tune that is. The intro is sublime and when Miles solo finally starts it’s just so smooth and deeply satisfying. To put this album on the turntable today was a nice revisit. Listening to ”All Blues” as I write this and the sound is excellent I must say. Love the crystal clear sound of Jimmy Cobbs ride cymbal.

Bill Evans is on this which alone makes this album worth having. As well as Coltrane. All the players are all stars though.

”Flamenco Sketches” which closes the 2nd side is beautiful and quite special.

Anyone who has something they want to add about this album is most welcome to share their thoughts.

I have started to save up for a grand summer vacation. But I will do my utmost to set aside some dough for some nice album as well. We’ll see what happens.

Treasure your vinyl folks. Cause it’s just as imperfect and fragile as life itself and therefore beautiful. Stay tuned…

Cheers!

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Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet on Prestige 7129

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Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet on Prestige 7129

A classic.

I have a few records that’s been in the collection for a long time. Back to the days when I first started buying first pressings. This is one of them. It’s in good nick. At some point I’m going to upgrade this copy but it sounds really good. This is of course a classic by a classic quintet. It’s been a long time since I listened to this one, but just like all of the other albums by this quintet it’s a pleasure to put on the turntable. I’m keeping my eye out for an even better copy. I just feel this copy has served me well through the years and it sounds good. I’m not a fan of buying records I already have, even though I’m upgrading. I’m always looking forward, to the next album which I don’t have.

I’ve immersed myself in the Coltrane output on Impulse! lately. And I think all of it is such an amazing treasure. I’m appreciating the later avant-garde period a lot and I’ve just bought my first Coltrane album in that style of jazz. It’s on Impulse! and you will soon see which one it is. I couldn’t pass it up at that price, although I wasn’t going to buy another record until I found another copy of RLP 376. It’s a wonderful album, it blows me away with it’s chaotic whirlwinds mixed with more toned-down parts filled with soothing notes. I will seek out a lot of the pieces of the Coltrane catalogue on Impulse! and I can’t wait, but like I mentioned I’m hoping to find a better copy of RLP 376 first. But what a wonderful gift the Coltrane albums on Impulse! are. Don’t you agree?

A tough question for my readers; which one of Cookin’, Relaxin’, Workin’ and Steamin’ is your favorite?

I wish you a great day or evening and stay tuned for more albums from the collection.

Cheers!

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Steamin' with The Miles Davis Quintet on PRLP 7200

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Steamin' with The Miles Davis Quintet on PRLP 7200

A classic Miles album, a pleasurable experience.

The Miles classics on Prestige were among the first records I acquired 1st pressings of. I don't have them all, just a few. It was quite some time ago I listened to them, especially the featured album "Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet". It's a very nice album, and I really should listen to these Miles albums more, cause it's truly beautiful music. The copy I have is in superb condition and it sounds accordingly. It's actually one of the few albums I've bought in a real physical record store. I got a very nice price on it and the condition was perfect. Listening as I write to the first side of the album. A very good mix of tunes here, with the laid back opening track "Surrey With The Fringe On Top" paving the way for a medium-tempo, relaxing few minutes, and then that half-sleepy, sweet moment is shattered with a great, high energy take on Dizzy's classic "Salt Peanuts". Then a wonderful, brushy ballad appears named "Something I Dreamed Last Night", on which Miles plays beautifully. A highly satisfying and complete Side 1.

Now, let's flip the disc. First tune, "Diane", it's unmistakable Miles. His tight, yet lush muted trumpet work is a pleasure to experience, especially when my system makes it feel like he's in the room with me. Coltrane then comes in and takes a solo which only he can. A perfect start to Side 2. Next tune is Monk's standard "Well, You Needn't", a nice tune, which is highlighted by Miles' unmuted trumpet playing, no point in denying it, while muted trumpet is quite nice sometimes, the unmuted instrument is more appealing to me. But if someone can make a muted trumpet sound absolutely beautiful and interesting, it's the leader of this album. And, the last tune "When I Fall In Love" is a testament to that, another sweet ballad with the trumpet muted. It's all good, cause it's Miles Davis.

I'll try and post more frequently, but I've found free time hard to come by in the last few months. I'm currently in the process of saving up a sizeable budget to buy more albums. I've already acquired an original copy of "True Blue" earlier this year, so the 2016 collecting year went off with a bang. Now it's time to get to work on getting some other nice stuff as soon as possible.

Have a nice Sunday, stay tuned for more great LP's from my personal collection and I'll concentrate on getting over the cold I've been stuck with for over a week.

Cheers!

 

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