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Aura
     

Aura

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by Miles Davis
 

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Miles' last recording for the Columbia label before heading for the financial allure of Warner Bros. in the mid-'80s was not released until 1989. This critic's guess is because largely they had no idea what to do with it. Unlike anything else in his catalog, Aura is a ten-part suite composed by Danish flügelhornist Palle Mikkelborg as a tribute. Influenced

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Miles' last recording for the Columbia label before heading for the financial allure of Warner Bros. in the mid-'80s was not released until 1989. This critic's guess is because largely they had no idea what to do with it. Unlike anything else in his catalog, Aura is a ten-part suite composed by Danish flügelhornist Palle Mikkelborg as a tribute. Influenced deeply by serialism and the inspiration of Gil Evans, Mikkelborg composed a theme from ten notes based on the letters of Davis' first and last names. The notes yielded a chord, which led him through the work. Employing a full orchestra and the guitar talents of former Davis collaborator John McLaughlin and famed European bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pederson, Aura's sections are named for the color spectrum, with the addition of white and "electric red." The music is an amalgam of classical impressionism, European new music, jazz, rock, electronic, and other genres. As a tribute and separate orchestral work, it's quite moving and beautiful, full of moody interludes and evocations of nuance, color, texture, and dynamic. With Davis added, soloing in his trademark muted, rounded warmth, the music becomes almost breathtaking. The Gil Evans influence is everywhere apparent in the way strings segue into keyboards and float there until the trumpet or wind section comes for them and brings them home. It's easy to be cynical about a work like this, and call it a pastiche of Miles clichés. Far harder is it to place the entirety of Davis' career in one place and hear it expressed with so much warmth and elegance, because that career was so mercurial. Mikkelborg gave Miles a fine parting gift when he left Columbia, and listeners are so very fortunate for his generosity.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972444628
catalogNumber:
724446
Rank:
13898

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Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Thomas Clausen   Keyboards
John McLaughlin   Guitar
Palle Mikkelborg   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jesper Thilo   Saxophone,Woodwind
Jens Winther   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bo Stief   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Kenneth Knudsen   Keyboards
Palle Bolvig   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Per Carsten   Saxophone,Woodwind
Niels Eje   Cornet,Oboe,Cor anglais
Jens Engel   Trombone
Lennart Gruvstedt   Drums
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass
Bent Jaedig   Saxophone,Woodwind
Ole Kurt Jensen   Bass Trombone
Uffe Karskov   Saxophone,Woodwind
Perry Knudsen   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ture Larsen   Trombone
Flemming Madsen   Saxophone,Woodwind
Marilyn Mazur   Percussion
Vincent Nilsson   Trombone
Benny Rosenfeld   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bjarne Roup   Guitar
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Eva Thaysen   Vocals
Lillian Thornquist   Harp
Ethan Weisgaard   Percussion
Vince Wilburn   Electric Drums,Electronic Drums
Axel Windfel   Bass,Trombone,Tuba,Bass Trombone
Ole Kock Hansen   Keyboards

Technical Credits

John H. Jackson   Reissue Assistant
Bob Belden   Reissue Producer
Palle Mikkelborg   Composer,Producer
Stacy Drummond   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Rosa Menkes   Reissue Design
Khephra Burns   Liner Notes

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Aura 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Danish composer-artist Palle Mikkelborg deserves much of the credit for this album, but he was humblr enough to leave Miles Davis have top billing. Although this set is described as an orchestral piece. many different styles weave in and out of the music. Davis does solo beautifully and John McLaughlin plays some stinging guitar on several tracks. The result is not anything like the fusion and funk Miles played in the 70s. Listen with no preconceptions and you may be surprised.