What I disliked about Jazz so far (from my experience with Miles Davis) is often you have harmonic static music and then having people doing extended solo music for 10 minutes plus. It often seems like monotonous mood music and I feel an absense of dramatic emotional journey or change in the piece.
Charles Mingus - The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady however is AMAZING
What I like about the album is there is clear dramatic narrative and changes in emotional intensity throughout the pieces.
All the pieces seems to have a sense of dramatic arc with clear shifts in intensity throughout the piece and having multiple clearly delineated sections within the piece that sounds fundamentally different. Ssuch as the relaxed beginning of Duete solo Dancers that build ups to climatic wild carnival music. Group Dancers with the extended piano section that is lyric and then descending flute comes in (that is gorgeous) and then mid section cacophony of horns. Final piece is dramatic music that almost prog like multiple sections suite and a clear sense of narrative momentum that I don't hear listening to Miles Davis.
I also dig Ah Um and Brubeck Time Out as well
While I like Ah Um and Time Out little less then Black Saint as it's less emotionally gripping.
What I like is that there is a sense of departure and return in a lot of the pieces.
A lot of the pieces seem to be structured in ABA. A having thematic material that is usually quite memorable and melodic (such as the blue Rondo ala turk ) B improvisational section and then returning back to the theme. in blue rondo ala turk the theme even has two different keys one in major and minor and so there is modulation there and there is a transition between the two section where he does rapid crosscutting between the blue rondo theme in the additive rhytmic irregular time signature and the steady 4/4 jazz improvisation when he is transition from A to B and from B to A that I found impressive.
So the improvisational section even if it is harmonically static is a lot more enjoyable as a point of contrast rather than being the whole point for the entire piece.
I'm not too sure whether this is the beginning of me liking Jazz. I relisten to Kind Of Blue/Bitches Brew/In A Silent Way/A Love Supreme and I hated all of them.