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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972444628
  • Catalog Number: 724446
  • Sales rank: 45,442

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (4:48)
  2. 2 White (6:07)
  3. 3 Yellow (6:55)
  4. 4 Orange (8:41)
  5. 5 Red (6:05)
  6. 6 Green (8:13)
  7. 7 Blue (6:36)
  8. 8 Electric Red (4:19)
  9. 9 Indigo (6:06)
  10. 10 Violet (9:04)
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Album Credits

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 Jr. Electric Drums, Electronic Drums
Axel Windfel Bass, Trombone, Tuba, Bass Trombone
Ole Kock Hansen Keyboards
Technical Credits
John Jackson Reissue Assistant
Bob Belden Reissue Producer
Palle Mikkelborg Composer, Producer
Rune Persson Mastering
Darcy Proper Mastering
Stacy Drummond Art Direction
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Rosa Menkes Reissue Design
Khephra Burns Liner Notes
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