ActRaiser wrote:If there was a like button or way to vote this as my favorite post of 2020 you'd get it. Thanks for the awesome write up.
VideoGameCritic wrote:Yeah I appreciate goldenband's excellent suggestions and plan to pick up a few.
Aww, thanks, y'all!
velcrozombie wrote:Bohren & der Club of Gore (slow, moody jazz with a doom feel - check out the album Black Earth) and the 70s jazz-fusion group the Mahavishnu Orchestra
Two of my favorites. You've nailed the best album by Bohren & der Club of Gore -- the others are good, but Black Earth is special. I think people who appreciate the spaciousness of Kind of Blue might like this one, though it's far darker and more ominous, with a "1980s film noir" quality.
And the original incarnation of Mahavishnu was phenomenal, especially live:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbJ_4o9IWQ4
I'm also a big fan of Weather Report, which of course came out of Miles's electric groups. Their best album is probably Mysterious Traveller, or Heavy Weather if you're more into the Jaco end of things. Many of Herbie Hancock's 1970s albums are magnificent -- Sextant is probably my favorite. But all that is getting into a different era from Kind of Blue, and a different style (fusion).
BTW two of Miles's most beautiful albums were Miles Smiles and Nefertiti. Each has an uncommonly beautiful ballad on it -- "Circle" and "Fall", respectively -- as well as a lot of the open-ended, cerebral, uptempo tracks typical of the Second Quintet. Side A of each of those records is a stone-cold classic, Side B a little less so. Challenging music at times, but as good as it gets.
Filles de Kilimanjaro is also great, and very enigmatic -- no other record sounds quite like it. It uses electric piano and bass, but the song structures are hypnotic and very long, so it's a bit like Kind of Blue in that there's plenty of space.