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After listening to Miles Davis’ album “Kind of Blue” once again, my thought is the same as before. As mentioned before, “Kind of Blue” has the right mix of certain tones while still maintaining its relaxing feel at the same time. It is the kind of album where one can listen to during the day and would feel as if it’s already night time. Although I can’t say this is one of the best jazz albums of all time despite the general consensus in that regard, it’s due to the fact that I don’t pay much attention to jazz so my listening experience is limited. I was told to give this album a listen and after doing so, I enjoy every single track in this album. It’s even better when the album is listened in one entire sitting so that way the music style of “Kind of Blue” can be fully appreciated.

“Kind of Blue” is generally an interesting album as each tracks are unique can have different styles despite some similarities. Much of the similarities stem from “Who’s That?” and “Freddie Freeloader” as the latter track started out as a more fast-paced tone of the former. When the two tracks are listened together, it’s like listening to one whole track. As mentioned before, an interpretation can be made from the tracks in the album in which it can feel like a mix of suspense and mystery. This in turn helps connects the last three tracks to the first two as they are part of the story. “Blue in Green” signify depression and the low point of the plot, “All Blues” demonstrates the suspense, tension, and the triumph that comes with it, leading to the conclusion in “Flamenco Sketches” which closes the story. Each of the track has its own relaxing feel and can be interesting to listen in their own right separately as well.

I enjoy this album as the nighttime feel brings in the relaxation to help bring about a measure of comfort. It is the kind of album I would recommend not only the fans of Miles Davis, but also to the music fans as well. “Kind of Blue” is the album I would highly recommend.

Rating: 5 of 5

http://www.thejazzresource.com/top_25_jazz_albums.html
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2009/08/kind_of_blue.html

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A week after my first listen of the entire album, I went to give “Kind of Blue” another listen. My opinion didn’t change as I still enjoy listening to the album as I did a week before. The main difference is that this time I tried to make a deeper interpretation on the album. This is done so in order to figure out the story the music in “Kind of Blue” may have been trying to convey. Ultimately, I decided that it may have been a mix of mystery and suspense judging by what I felt from listening to each of the track.

“So What?” is perfect as the introduction track as it gives the listeners the taste of what the album will have in store later on. This particular track is very relaxing as the nighttime feel it has made it seems as if the track is played during the night at the bar or a nightclub. As the music begins to fade, the transition to the next track “Freddie Freeloader” made it seems like the music is being reprised. When listened together, “So What?” and “Freddie Freeloader” sounded like one whole track which makes the transition perfect. Then with the darker feel from the next track “Blue in Green” having the right contrast in its theme, the depressing tone makes a good change of pace from the more optimistic theme from the previous tracks. The theme of “Blue in Green” helps set up the next track “All Blues” where the tone becomes more suspenseful. In “All Blues” the track would have tension build up in order to create a suspenseful atmosphere. Once the tension increase, the pacing of the track would slow down before returning to pick up the pace. Then in the final track “Flamenco Sketches”, the tone became depressing where it signals how the album is coming to a close. The tone of the track wasn’t dark although it is much more depressing than “Blue in Green”. “Flamenco Sketches” wraps up the album nicely as the theme makes it a fitting end to the story the music is trying to convey.

As mentioned before, “Kind of Blue” is an enjoyable album. Even after listening to it again a week later, the album still have the relaxing mood to make it a comfortable listen.

Rating: 5 of 5