Sketches of Spain [50th Anniversary Legacy Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
More than likely, the serious Miles Davis fan has already bought Sketches of Spain in numerous editions before, from its original CD issue to two different remasters -- and some have purchased it as part of the Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings box set as well. This 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition will more than likely be either for the serious Miles collector, or for a newcomer to the recordings of Davis and Evans. Since the single-CD issue of Sketches of Spain is still available, it remains to be seen who this 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition set -- which contains no unreleased music -- will appeal to; but it is a handsome issue and does ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
More than likely, the serious Miles Davis fan has already bought Sketches of Spain in numerous editions before, from its original CD issue to two different remasters -- and some have purchased it as part of the Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings box set as well. This 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition will more than likely be either for the serious Miles collector, or for a newcomer to the recordings of Davis and Evans. Since the single-CD issue of Sketches of Spain is still available, it remains to be seen who this 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition set -- which contains no unreleased music -- will appeal to; but it is a handsome issue and does contain a couple of nice bonuses to make it attractive. Along with the original album is a 70-minute bonus disc filled with alternate takes and extra tracks. There are four different takes of "Concerto de Arjanuez (Adagio)," including a two-part, alternate take version that lasts in total about 20 minutes; a stellar live version which is the only one that took place, and a brief alternate ending. In addition to other alternates of album pieces are "Maids of Cadiz," which showcases the first Spanish composition that Evans adapted for Miles, and "Teo," from the Someday My Prince Will Come sessions. It was included because of its symbiotic relationship to "Solea," on Sketches of Spain. Also included on the bonus disc is a large .pdf file that is in essence a digital booklet with rare photos, press clippings, and previously unpublished documents related to the recordings sessions for the album. This version also comes with a new liner essay by Gunther Schuller. Again, the more casual Miles listener, and even the purchaser of his classic albums, may hesitate, but for the more serious jazz aficionado, it is somewhat revelatory to hear the bonus material prepared and sequenced in this context; and the extra digital booklet -- given the attractive price of the set -- makes it tough to resist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886974394921
  • Catalog Number: 743949
  • Sales rank: 67,481

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Elvin Jones Percussion
Wynton Kelly Piano
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Reeds
Art Taylor Drums
Julius Watkins French Horn
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Joe Bennett Trombone
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Willie Ruff French Horn
Danny Bank Reeds, Bass Clarinet
John Barrows French Horn
James Buffington French Horn
Eddie Caine Clarinet, Flute, Reeds, Flugelhorn
Johnny Carisi Trumpet
Paul Chambers Bass
Earl Chapin French Horn
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Sid Cooper Clarinet, Flute
Gil Evans Conductor
Harold Feldman Clarinet, Flute, Oboe
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Paul Ingraham French Horn
Jack Knitzer Bassoon
Jose Mangual Percussion
Jimmy McAllister Tuba
Tony Miranda French Horn
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, Reeds, Bass Clarinet, Oboe
Janet Putnam Harp
Bobby Rosengarden Percussion
Bob Tricarico Reeds
Dick Hixon Trombone
Bob Swisshelm French Horn
Al Block Flugelhorn
Tom Mitchell Jr. Bass Trombone
Billy Ray Barber Tuba
Technical Credits
Léo Delibes Composer
Manuel de Falla Composer
Miles Davis Composer
George Avakian Producer
Gil Evans Arranger, Composer
Teo Macero Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Gunther Schuller Liner Notes
Richard Seidel Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Irving Townsend Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Harold Chapman Engineer
Randall Martin Art Direction
Michael Kull Tape Research
Jeremy Holiday Packaging Manager
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