This album has I feel has been needlessly given a bad press over the years. Indeed, it is reputed that Miles and indeed Gil Evans did not want this album released!
However, I think Miles and others maybe have been too harsh in their judgement of this album. It isn't that bad at all. Recorded on the West Coast it indeed has that West Coast laid back feel to the album. Anyway, I like this album and I would recommend it. It has for me a great moods of melancholy, menace and joy within it. It IS in the mould of Sketches of Spain in particular and also maybe Porgy and Bess for sound and arrangements.
The highlight tracks for me are 'once upon a Summertime' and the 'Night of the Barracudas' which is intersting episodic piece, in that it was written for astage play which was to star Laurence Harvey and is very moody. Miles plays both his famous Harmon Mute and some lovely Open trumpet on this album.
It is a very accesible album and user friendly. Trust your instincts,forget the 'critics' if you like mellow jazz this album will serve you well.