Sketches of Spain [Bonus Tracks]

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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 ...
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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: 9/23/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646514221
  • Catalog Number: 65142
  • Sales rank: 2,288

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
Al 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, Remastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain

    Good for background music, i.e. music that you don't really listen too. Otherwise depressing. Must be played on a good system, or the timbre of Miles horn is an irritating sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Jazz Masterpiece

    This was very excellent CD. To me, Miles at his best. I just finished listening to it for the first time and I felt like I was in Spain and Gil Evans' direction was phenomenal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Passion Flower

    This album is a passion flower for the culture, the style, the breath, and the artistry of this music! Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain is one of the most powerful stated album in his book! I believe that it's one of the most beautiful and mellow jazz albums I have ever heard. This album is truly the painter that paints such beautiful images in the canvas of the mind. I am an aspiring writer awaiting to be published. If I could, I would write a whole novel based and inspired on this powerful, emotional, and passionately moving album. But emotionally...I probably couldn't since the album itself is seriously a novel in its own!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    This is a great album from Miles. He kept moving foward and experimenting that is what made him such a good artist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A BIT OF A 360 DEGREE TURN FROM HIS EARLIER WORKS

    But, nonetheless, still brilliant. They way Davis and his backing band combined their already famous ''too cool for everybody else'' style an combined it with a Spanish flavor that perfectly accented the jazz he was playing. ''Pan Piper'' at first sounds a tad bit sullen, and then picks up the pace out of nowhere and forces the listener to catch up with what it is trying to do; and before you know it, the song is done. How cool is that!?!?!? The entire record sound effortless!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sketches of Spain

    For those of us who are die hard Miles Davis fans, its difficult to truely discribe the man and his music to other people. However I consider this one of four must own Miles Davis CD's that anyone, fan or not should own. (the other three being Kind of Blue, B*** Brew, and Doo-Bop). This is beyond jazz, and fully ranks as a masterwork of music.

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