Sketches of Spain [Bonus Tracks]

Sketches of Spain [Bonus Tracks]

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by Miles Davis
     
 

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The last full-fledged collaboration between trumpeter Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans is as extraordinary as their acclaimed earlier works, Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess. In fact, Sketches of Spain contains some of Davis's most expressive horn work: TheSee more details below

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The last full-fledged collaboration between trumpeter Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans is as extraordinary as their acclaimed earlier works, Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess. In fact, Sketches of Spain contains some of Davis's most expressive horn work: The melancholy nature of the Iberian-style material, and Evans's deeply felt writing, inspire a palpably mournful sound from the master trumpeter. "Saeta," in particular, features a wrenching Davis solo whose display of naked emotion is almost too painful to bear yet too compelling to turn away from. The album's centerpiece, an adaptation of Roderigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez," strikingly sets Evans's dramatic tonal colors off Davis's yearning melodic statements. Supported by an expanded jazz ensemble, and sharing the spotlight with another creative genius, Davis is still able to turn Sketches of Spain into one of his most personal and most triumphant projects.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Along with Kind of Blue, In a Silent Way, and Round About Midnight, Sketches of Spain is one of Miles Davis' most enduring and innovative achievements. Recorded between November 1959 and March 1960 -- after Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley had left the band -- Miles teamed with British arranger Gil Evans for the third time. Davis brought Evans the album's signature piece, "Concierto de Aranjuez," after hearing a classical version of it at bassist Joe Mondragon's house. Evans was as taken with it as Miles and set about to create an entire album of material around it. The result is a masterpiece of modern art. On the "Concierto," Evans' arrangement provided an orchestra and jazz band -- Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Elvin Jones -- the opportunity to record a classical work as it was. The piece, with its stunning colors and intricate yet transcendent adagio, played by Davis on a flügelhorn with a Harmon mute, is one of the most memorable works to come from popular culture in the 20th century. Davis' control over his instrument is singular, and Evans' conducting is flawless. Also notable are "Saeta," with one of the most amazing technical solos of Davis' career, and the album's closer, "Solea," which is conceptually a narrative piece, based on an Andalusian folk song, about a woman who encounters the procession taking Christ to Calvary. She sings the narrative of his passion and the procession -- or parade -- with full brass accompaniment moves on. Cobb and Jones, with flamenco-flavored percussion, are particularly wonderful here, as they allow the orchestra to indulge in the lushly passionate arrangement Evans provided to accompany Davis, who was clearly at his most challenged here, though he delivers with grace and verve. Sketches of Spain is the most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made. To listen to it in the 21st century is still a spine-tingling experience as one encounters a multitude of timbres, tonalities, and harmonic structures seldom found in the music called jazz.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/1997
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646514221
catalogNumber:
65142
Rank:
1871

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flageolet,Flugelhorn
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Elvin Jones   Percussion
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Danny Bank   Bass,Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Billy Barber   Tuba
John Barrows   French Horn
Albert Block   Flute
James Buffington   Horn,French Horn,fender rhodes
Eddie Caine   Flute,Flugelhorn
Paul Chambers   Bass
Earl Chapin   French Horn
Gil Evans   Conductor
Harold Feldman   Clarinet,Flute,Flugelhorn,Oboe
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Jack Knitzer   Bassoon
Jose Mangual   Percussion
Jimmy McAllister   Tuba
Tony Miranda   French Horn
Louis Mucci   Trumpet
Romeo Penque   Oboe
Janet Putnam   Harp
Dick Hixon   Trombone
Joe Singer   French Horn
Block   Flute,Tuba,Flugelhorn,Oboe
Billy Ray Barber   Tuba

Technical Credits

Manuel de Falla   Composer
Joaquín Rodrigo   Composer
Frank Rehak   Contributor
Steven Berkowitz   Director,Reissue Series
John Barrows   Contributor
James Buffington   Contributor
Mino Cinelu   Composer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Kevin Gore   Director,Reissue Series
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Teo Macero   Producer
Jimmy McAllister   Contributor
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Phil Schaap   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Vernon Smith   Contributor
Irving Townsend   Producer
Mark Wilder   Engineer
Tom "Curly" Ruff   Engineer
Seth Rothstein   Director
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Nicholas Bennett   Packaging Manager

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