Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Miles Davis - This Is Jazz, Vol. 8: Miles Davis Acoustic (1996)

A wonderful 9 track sampler of Miles' work between the years of 1955-1965. Includes performances by John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderley, Tony Williams, Wynton Kelly, etc. True Miles' fanatics will notice the similarity of this album cover to that of Round About Midnight. If you only own one Davis CD, it should be Kind of Blue, but if you want to go beyond that classic, this would be a good starting point if it wasn't OOP (there's always iTunes, I guess). Heck, if you only own one jazz CD, it should be Kind of Blue.

Tracks: They're all top notch, of course. I may have my jazz card revoked for saying this, but I'm not the biggest fan of 'Round Midnight. That said, this version by Miles is my favorite of the standard. The sequencing of Springsville (track 3) next to Summertime (track 4) is a nice touch. My favorite track on the disc? It's a toss-up between So What and Someday My Prince Will Come.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This particularly CD kept me company on many late night trips home after football games in El Maton. The music is relaxing but, fortunately, never sleep-inducing.

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