Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die

Categories: Jazz

1. Miles Davis
Kind of Blue
I can still remember the first time I heard this album.  I was 17, and I was driving my Subaru Legacy Wagon in the rain.  I drove the car to my grandparent's house, and put it on.  It was only about a five-minute drive, but I ended parked outside of their house, the windshield wipers swatting away rain -- the album blaring.  I sat in the driveway until the album ended, and, well, music was never the same for me.  It's a composition, released in 1959, that is often considered the definitive jazz album.  Honestly, there are some jazz purists who probably would die if they found out our generation was unfamiliar with it.  Just listen to who was featured: Coltrane, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb. If you're about to go sky diving, and you're not sure if you're going to survive, play this album on the car ride over. Why is it so great? Let's not try to put it into words. It might be something unsayable.

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