I knew Miles Davis was a jazz musician. What I had failed to realize, was the instrumental part of his musical life. I was even ignorant to the fact jazz songs have titles! When I had bought the album, I was curious to find the names of his 6 songs. Not only that but each song was about 10 minutes long, no words strictly instruments. Listening to Kind Of Blue for the first time left me filled with chills. The thought process that entered Mr. Davis’ mind when choosing the names of a wordless tune enlightens me.
First impressions are first opinions. They become very interesting because our mind automatically has this prejudgment about the encounter leaving a long lasting memory of that first time. Inspired by Mile Davis’ “Blue in Green” on his album Kind Of Blue, I actually get a reminisce feel sitting in a coffee shop. As cliché as it may sound with the coffee shop idea, that tends to be the first times of many. Coffee shops are the first place most people go to beginning their day, which leads to first encounters with other people. Alicia Keys even made a skit of this idea in her song “You Don’t Know My Name”. As a waitress she founded interest in Mos Def who had always come to the coffee shop, a new start of a relationship.
I loved the coincidence of writing my first impression of Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis, feeling as the instrumental “Blue in Green” expressed for me without words. Now before this class, I could not recall a Mile Davis song, but I knew I would be very impressed, as I am and understanding why he was the legend he was, now resting in heaven. Instrumentals are interesting. Nothing is handed to you in an instrumental, no words no lyrics to follow the artist. Instrumentals allow the listener to personalize their experience compared to the story being told for the listener.
Not realizing the genre of jazz was itself instrumental opens my eyes. I have listened to jazz in the elevator, in the back ground at a lounge or even restaurant, place were the music was almost in a distance. Listening to Miles Davis is up close and personal with the trumpet, piano, drums and even a cello or bass is often heard. I enjoyed this album and glad to rate it a 5 being the highest score on the scale.