When I first started getting into jazz back in my early 20s, one of the first I purchased was Kind of Blue. While it something of a cliche to call this one of the best jazz albums of all time, the fact remains that it is one of the best jazz albums of all time. This is evident from the very first track, the classic "So What."
I have remained a fan of Miles Davis since then, especially his work with what has been called his "first great quintet": Davis, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Philly Joe Jones, and Paul Chambers. I must admit to not really caring for his later work, especially his excursions into fusion. While I have certain avant garde tendencies, my views regarding jazz fusion tend to echo those of arch-traditionalist Stanley Crouch.