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tell me about it
due to decades of starbucks / book store overplay
especially if, like me, you've only ever been in a Starbucks once and it wasn't playing this album.
Just listen to it - I can't really say anything that giving it a whirl won't do better.
and it did sound like it sounded like jazz 'should' - 2nd hand bookshops/coffee shops etc - but i also thought i was being a bit unfair to it.
maybe i'll see if there are any cheap humphrey lyttleton compilations in hmv or oxfam tomorrow instead.
actually buy this.
or both but if you're going consider buying it then you might as well.
with a cup of tea, to fully appreciate it's genius.
And Humphrey Lyttleton's great, but he does sound like jazz doesn't he?
because at some point i've heard kind of blue and it's bled through popculture to the point where when i hear it i hear ,for lack of a better term, the essence of the genre.
whereas with humph i'm hearing humph and it his work doesn't have the same connotation or weight of expectation that comes with an album like Kind of Blue
I prefer Mingus or Coleman to Davis. Slightly more found for myself, as opposed to forced upon me by pop culture. Got into those two when quite young though so that might help.
Glenn Miller might be a better example, because I've never heard of Glenn Miller referenced hipply, or even really as an important jazz player, from anyone younger than my Grandad, but boy, does that man have some of the best tunes, ever.
came from nowhere for me
reflective, a bit sonically emo. Great for this time of year.
.....and try hard to like it....
No success yet....I disappoint myself....
It's genius is in it's subtle shifts, where Davis establishes a mood then changes it. Letting that wash over you is why people go hyperbolic over it being 'heavenly' etc.
I avoided getting it for years because it was so ubiqitous, and it's still not my absolute favourite jazz record in the world but as soon as I heard it I really regretted not getting into it sooner.
I like Lyttleton, Goodman, Miller and that lot, but to be honest, that music is quite fun (apart from Glenn Symphony in Blue, which is the greatest song ever) wheras Kind of Blue is on a completely different level.
(And, to Jamie's point, when I did buy it, it was first time, I'd heard all of it. But then, I'm very good/bad at avoiding places which play music conspicuously, and I've never ever been in Starbucks.
in New York, with the windows open and a hint of a cool breeze carrying the smell of cinnamon. And you've just made love. And you're smoking a cigarette.
from On The Road. I personally get a mo autumnal/wintery vibe off of it. Courses for horses etc...
is not as good as Sketches of Spain or Bitches Brew. Fact.
Sketches of Spain might be a good shout actually, if you want a ruddy gorgeous Davis album, that isn't littered with other people's perceptions of it.
Or any Davis album with Gil Evan's name on it. Or Bill Evan's Waltz with Debbie - one of the best albums ever by the man who played piano on Kind of Blue.
Low lit room. Wee Hours. 45 uninterupted minutes. That should do ya.
Didn't actively dislike it in any way, just couldn't get...inside it.
I think it's amazing and, hyperbole aside, deserves all of the praise it gets. Each to their own i suppose.
i first heard it coming down off acid on a rainy march morning 16 years ago, and whenever i hear it now i'm magically transported back to that spot.....i still prefer Coltrane though, Miles' tone can be a bit too cool and calculated.