Miles Davis
'Round About Midnight


4.5
superb


Release Date: 1957 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Time stands still.

There isn’t anything quite like the night, the momentary lapse of rhyme and reason. It is a time to reflect and amuse oneself with whatever thoughts come to mind. Whether looking back or forward, there is something about the moonlight that incites deep thought, which proves to be ultimately humbling.

’Round About Midnight is perhaps one of the most accurate representations of the quirky curiosity night time brings. Throughout the album, nostalgia-tinged pieces steep the listener in a buoyant state of mind without being overly energetic; all songs remain a light listen but impact the listener all the same. This can be attributed to the fantastic quintet’s performance, as although the album clearly exudes a bebop style which is generally speedy and frantic, the soloists focus on creating emotion rather than engaging in ostentatious swaggery. The product of such musicality that charms the listener wholeheartedly. That doesn’t mean the soloists are not impressive, however, as, even though their delivery is emotional, the concepts they explore are challenging and admirable in nature.

What’s more, the album is a goddamn monolith in Miles’ career. He managed to find the tender point between feel and technicality, pushing his hard bop style farther than ever before. Not only that, but the album also gave him a platform to build his first significant group; this one including familiar names such as John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Joe Jones. Of course, being young, said musicians don’t quite have the mastery of their instruments they would have onward in their career, but said youthful exuberance greatly colors the record, making it even more of a delight.

As time has proven, ’Round About Midnight proves to be Miles Davis’ first considerable statement in jazz, and fortunately, far from his last. It was the first great step toward realizing himself as one of the most significant musicians of our time. Plus, the record also happens to be a fantastic one, full of pleasures for the listener. Dim the lights, put the kids to sleep, get a glass of wine, and dare to be carried away by Miles’ genius.



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50iL
July 22nd 2018


5220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4VUawqEDCHHfrUe77ScQ2K

Special thanks to TVC15 and Bloon for checking this review!

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2018


2870 Comments


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Mr. Pain
July 22nd 2018


17307 Comments


gotta check this one out

50iL
July 22nd 2018


5220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for commenting, hope you dig

TVC15
July 22nd 2018


10168 Comments


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Zombiejoejoe
July 23rd 2018


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Great review! I only recently heard this album (I'm currently running through his work) and this seems to be his first amazing album. It's either this or The New Miles Davis Quintet, but this one has "All Of You" so I'm inclined to say this is the better album.

50iL
July 23rd 2018


5220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'd definitely go with this one tbh. Anyway, thanks for thw kind words!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2018


24910 Comments


really nice work 50. need to peep this

50iL
July 23rd 2018


5220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks mane

Doo Bop should come next month or so, if all goes well

Trifolium
December 23rd 2018


7936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The drumming in Tadd's Delight is my delight. Delicious.

TheLongShot
March 5th 2019


853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Title track is the dictionary definition of late-night jazz.

lalchimiste
March 5th 2019


1099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man I remember it threw me off on my first listen to start the record with this one!



My fav has to be Ah-Leu-Cha, Philly Joe Jones is just obliterating the kit. The energy he brings is so crucial to the track

50iL
March 5th 2019


5220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[2] ahrd, nice dig btw

Mr. Pain
May 3rd 2019


17307 Comments


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Casavir
May 3rd 2019


3634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Should really give much of his discog a relisten. This album's fantastic though. Great review.



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