Kind of Blue – Miles Davis (1959)

Kind of Blue - Miles Davis (1959)

If there is a better jazz album,  I do not want to know what it is.  In my mind,  Kind of Blue is the perfect jazz album that anyone could ever ask for.  Kind of Blue is often cited as the best jazz album of all time, and there’s a reason Kind of Blue is 4x Platinum and the second best selling jazz album is platinum.  Kind of Blue is accessible.  It is easy to just jump into the album and enjoy it.  It is hard to find an album that can do that, let alone a jazz one.

Choice Cut: So What
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BBNG2 – BADBADNOTGOOD (2012)

BBNG2 - BADBADNOTGOOD (2012)

Genres
Jazz

Choice Cut
Flashing Lights

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I found BADBADNOTGOOD when I started listening to hip-hop about a year ago.  I started with the Odd Future collective, when I heard about jazz covers of their songs, I had to see it to believe it.  BBNG2 is not all cover songs, and in fact their original work on this album is some of my favorite music of the past two years.  However, their cover of “Earl” and their mashup of “Bastard” and “Lemonade” is what drove them to fame. To me, their epic version of “Flashing Lights” is what puts this album up there with the jazz greats.

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