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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

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“All Blues” in my opinion is perhaps the best track of the album as it has the building tension that makes it perfect for a suspenseful tone. Like the rest of the album, “All Blue” has a nighttime feel so the atmosphere can have a very mysterious vibe to it. As the music goes, it would start out fast right out of the gate as the tension in the theme continues to build. As far as the theme goes, the track demonstrates the certain vibe in which the tension and the suspenseful tone can be expressed through the music itself.

When it comes to the tension build throughout the track, what would happen is that the once the tension begins, the sounds of instruments starts to sound like a chase scene from a movie. Once the tension stops, the instruments would slow down where they would then settle down for a while, thus staying at a relaxing pace. The beat from the drums and cymbal kept a constant pace as the other tracks has which is the reason why the track still instill a relaxing mood. From my interpretation of this track, after the somber moment in “Blue in Green”, the story hits the climax in which a chase after the goal or the person would occur as the tension builds. Once the tension ends, whatever the character of the story have to do is finally done and afterward, everyone got to relax which hence the relaxing pace after the suspense of the chase came to a close. Eventually, the tension builds up toward the end but even then it shows the kind of excitement that can be demonstrated once the suspense ends. The theme can also demonstrate a nightlife as the event can take place at the bar or a club in the city. Once that part of the story folds, the set up is made for the conclusion in the track “Flamenco Sketches”.

I find this track much more interesting than the rest of the album as this theme helps demonstrates the mixture of excitement, suspense, and triumph. I enjoy this track as it felt as if my mind has been taken into an adventure in a mystery thriller while relaxing at the same time. Overall “All Blues” is a great listening experience and I would recommend this along with “Who’s That?” to those who are fans of Miles Davis.

Rating: 4.5 of 5

The next track called “Blue in Green” which goes into a more darker and depressing tone than the previous tracks. The mood of the music is much more somber as the pace became slower and relaxed. The instrumental would continue to play at a slow pace throughout its entire run as the theme remains steady. As such, “Blue in Green” has a nighttime feel which makes it relaxing to listen despite the tragic theme in the music. The track is a nice contrast to “Freddie Freeloader” as it shifts from the more optimistic theme to a depressing tone.

When it comes to the tragic theme which contrasts the optimistic tone of “Freddie Freeloader”, “Blue in Green” is a kind of music that can bring in a darker feeling although it doesn’t have the ominous tone to make it haunting. From how I would try to interpret “Blue in Green”, the track would demonstrate how in which the story would take a darker tone. In that part of the story, what happens is that after an optimistic tone from “Freddie Freeloader” where the character would hit the low point at that event. That’s when the tone of then the theme shows how much trouble the character is in at that point of the story. With the way how “Blue in Green” comes to an end, the set up would be made for the next track where the story continues.

“Blue in Green” is over five minutes long so it’s shorter than each of the two previous tracks. At the same time, the slower pacing made it sounds as if the track is longer than it really is. I think the track is good and while it may not be as enjoyable some other tracks, I do find it interesting as the tone is much darker so it makes a fitting contrast to the more optimistic themes. As mentioned before, “Blue in Green” still have the same feel as all the other tracks in the album as the theme has a nighttime setting. In the end, the mood fits well as it demonstrates the dark time of the period where the story takes place.

Rating: 3 of 5

“Freddie Freeloader” is similar to “Who’s That?” as the early part of the theme was practically the same as the previous track. Eventually, what happen is that the music would then change its course by having the saxophones played with a differing composition to further differentiate the track from “Who’s That?” although the theme still stays the same as well. The musical theme is derived from the 12-bar blues as the instrumentals are made to emulate the feel of the said music genre. The emulation of the blues is evident throughout the entire album but in the case of “Freddie Freeloader”, the track has a more upbeat tone as the instrumentals become more active and involved within the performance as well.

The track is generally more upbeat and it is played with an optimistic feel. While it doesn’t necessarily mean that “Who’s That?” is a depressing track, “Freddie Freeloader” is much more fast-paced and exciting. As I consider “Who’s That?” as a introduction, “Freddie Freeloader” is where the story begins by taking off after the previous track ends. The pace of the music would stay upbeat throughout its entire run. Despite being over nine minutes long like the previous track, “Freddie Freeloader” felt as if it’s been played for half of its actual run time due to the pace. While I generally find “Who’s That?” much more relaxing to listen to, “Freddie Freeloader” happens to be more interesting as the pace grabs my attention for the whole time it gets played. It would sound as if the story itself begins with an optimistic feel in which the track then stays consistent until toward the end in which the instrumental would begin to slow down.

I enjoy this track and while it may not be as good as the tracks that came afterward, it’s still a good listen. Despite generally being the more faster and upbeat version of “Who’s That?” outside of a different composition in which the saxophone would take over, it still have a nighttime feel as the theme is still played with a soft composition the previous track has. Once “Freddie Freeloader” ends, from my own interpretation, the story would reach the darker tone on the next track.

Rating: 3.5 of 5

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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

Before I went to listen to an album by Miles Davis called “Kind of Blue”, I have known about Miles Davis for some time. However, I only heard of one song by Miles Davis and I will get into that later as it does comes from this particular album. “Kind of Blue” which was released in 1959 has five tracks and the album itself is over forty minutes long. Each of the tracks is relaxing and comfortable to listen to. Because of the nighttime feel the tracks have, it felt as if the music have been performed at the nighttime settings like the bar or the city club. The only track I happen to know about prior to listening to the album was “Who’s That?” which is over nine minutes long and has a relaxing feel.

“Who’s That?” also happens to be the first track of “Kind of Blue” so it starts the album off very nicely. The track then makes a smooth transition to the next one called, “Freddie Freeloader” which makes it sounded like as if the first half of the track went on a brief break before picking it up on the second half. More importantly, the beginning of the track is also an alternate variation of “Who’s That?” which adds to the similarity. Then on the next track “Blue in Green”, the music is played with the slower and relaxed pace despite being shorter at over five minutes long. “Blue in Green” has more of a somber tone compared to the previous tracks as it has a somewhat tragic sounding theme. Afterward, the tone of the album changes when the next track called “All Blues” where the theme becomes suspenseful as the tension would rise as the music continues until the sounds of the saxophones raise their pitch to generate the excitement until it calms down to return to its suspenseful tone.

Another thing is that when it comes to how the album ends, “Flamenco Sketches” is a final track that gives off the impression of the sad ending to the story the album tries to convey through the sounds of music that were played. This track is much slower than the rest of the album and the theme is sadder than that of “Blue in Green” as it marks the end. It is a perfect way to end the album as the music closes to a satisfying theme.
The impression I have of the album is that I figured rest of the tracks after “Who’s That?” will be similar. To a degree, I was right as “Freddie Freeloader” started off as a slightly more upbeat version of the opening track. However, there are variations in other tracks that differs one from the other. As mentioned before, tracks such as “Blue in Green” and “Flamenco Sketches” are more depressing than the rest of the album as the theme tends to be more somber. Then in “All Blue”, the track is the most interesting in the entire album as the theme tends to shift from suspense to a more exciting build before going back to its initial tone. I enjoy the album and it’s a great listen. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys music.

Rating: 5 of 5