Blue Moods

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Blue Moods
Blue Moods (Miles Davis album).jpg
Studio album by Miles Davis
Released 1955 (1955)
Recorded July 9, 1955
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 26:50
Label Debut, America
Miles Davis chronology
Musings of Miles
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Blue Moods

Blue Moods is a 1955 album by Miles Davis, released on Charles Mingus' Debut Records label. It brings Davis together with Mingus on bass, trombonist Britt Woodman, vibraphonist Teddy Charles, and drummer Elvin Jones. The arrangement of "Alone Together" is by Mingus, while the other tracks were arranged by Charles.

According to the original sleeve notes, the relatively short playing time of the album was because "the recording was cut at 160 lines per inch (instead of the usual 210 to 260 lines per inch) making the grooves wider and deeper and allowing for more area between the grooves for bass frequencies ... and was deemed necessary to reproduce the extended bass range and give the listener more quality to that of high fidelity tape recording."[1][2] It was reissued onto CD pairing up with Collectors' Items.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

The Allmusic review by Alex Henderson stated "Blue Moods is an excellent example of cool jazz. However, not all of the musicians who join Davis on this album were full-time members of jazz's cool school... But even so, Blue Moods offers considerable rewards to those who have a taste for '50s cool jazz".[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Nature Boy" Eden Ahbez 6:14
2. "Alone Together" Arthur Schwartz & Howard Dietz 7:17
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "There's No You" Hal Hopper & Tom Adair 8:06
2. "Easy Living" Ralph Rainger & Leo Robin 5:03
Total length: 26:50



  1. ^ Blue Moods liner notes
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. Blue Moods – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 57. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.