Somewhere around last year – see my review of Autumn leaves by Cannonball Adderley – I started a love story with Jazz with another CD boxset. ( to be reviewed if you want, so comment ! )
I encoded all my albums in 192 kbps to listen to them on my computers and iPhone and they just sound GREAT ! (I keep the CDs next to my old hi fi system so I can listen to them when I cook, eat and read books)
Here is the list of albums :
1.’Round About Midnight
4.Porgy And Bess
5.Kind Of Blue
6.Sketches Of Spain
7.Someday My Prince Will Come
8.Seven Steps To Heaven
9.Miles In Berlin
13.Filles de Kilimanjaro
14.In a Silent Way
16.A Tribute To Jack Johnson
17.On The Corner
18.We Want Miles
As you can easily see, the albums are sorted out chronologically. Each one is presented in a sturdy carton sleeve replicating the original album. This really gives a whole new dimension to the music as you are brought back somewhere back in time, between 1957 – with ‘Round About Midnight – and 1984, with Decoy.
On top of that, you also get bonuses tracks !!
Regarding Miles’ music per se, one can clearly hear the evolution between his debuts from what I would regard as ” classical ” jazz, to more modern sounds. In any case, I really enjoy all the albums presented here !
If I had anything to say against this boxset I would write that it is a shame that it doesn’t contain Birth of the Cool, which is kind of a shame, but I guess that they had to put 20 albums and that the choice must have been really hard.
For around 50€ or $50, I have to say this is a pretty great bargain. 20 awesome albums for 50 bucks is really something you can’t miss if, like me, you like Jazz and don’t have any dislike for the trumpet.