Sketches of Spain Live

Sketches of Spain Live

by David Liebman

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Overview

Sketches of Spain Live

Some artists have only one pick album -- a definitive classic that is more essential, more consequential and important, than anything else he/she recorded. With Queensrÿche, it's Operation: Mindcrime; with Nirvana, it's obviously the seminal Nevermind. And hip-hop heads generally agree that It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back was Public Enemy's finest hour. But the ever-evolving Miles Davis was important to so many different areas of post-swing, post-World War II jazz that it's impossible to point to only one of the trumpeter's albums and say, "This is the most essential." With Davis, there is a list of essentials that includes, among others, Birth of the Cool, Kind of Blue, Bitches Brew, and Sketches of Spain. A brilliant 1959/1960 collaboration with arranger/composer Gil Evans, Sketches of Spain is a complex masterpiece that very few musicians would be brave enough to perform in its entirety. But the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra does exactly that on this album, which was recorded live in 2002. With Justin DiCioccio serving as conductor, and saxophonist Dave Liebman appearing as the guest soloist, the band performs the five Sketches of Spain pieces in their proper sequence (beginning with "Concierto de Aranjuez" and ending with "Solea"). Thankfully, Liebman, DiCioccio, and the student musicians of MSM don't try to turn their concert into a carbon copy of Davis' original Sketches of Spain -- they realize that it is impossible to improve on perfection; so instead of trying, they bring something different to the table. Liebman's post-bop solos are individualistic, and his recognizable playing, help give Sketches of Spain Live a character and personality of its own. Is Sketches of Spain Live in a class with Davis and Evans' original Sketches of Spain? Of course not. It is, however, an enjoyable demonstration of how well this material holds up long after 1959 and 1960.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/2009
Label: Jazzheads
UPC: 0809819116922
catalogNumber: 1169
Rank: 173499

Tracks

  1. Concierto De Aranjuez
  2. Will O' the Wisp
  3. The Pan Piper
  4. Saeta
  5. Solea

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Liebman   Primary Artist,Soloist
Jason Arnold   Tuba
Barbara Laronga   Trumpet,Group Member
Wisón Torres   Percussion,Group Member
Jon Irabagon   Woodwind,Group Member
Jeff Bush   Trombone,Group Member
John Rhodes   Woodwind,Group Member
Anne Drummond   Flute,Group Member
Dominig Lalli   Woodwind
Tim Collins   Percussion
Obed Calvaire   Drums,Group Member
Billy Bouffard   Woodwind,Group Member
Ambrose Akinmusire   Trumpet,Group Member
Georgina Harrison   Harp,Group Member
Jason Sugata   French Horn,Group Member
Thomas Morgan   Bass,Group Member
Anthony Bonsera   Trumpet,Group Member
Ryan Walther   French Horn
Phil Marciano   Trumpet
Michael Fahie   Trombone
Lisa Arbitrio   English Horn,Oboe
Kurt Bacher   Woodwind
Jordana Elliot   Bassoon
John Rhodes   Woodwind
John Meguro   Guitar
Jamie Cambell   French Horn
Dave Marriot   Trombone
Anthony Bonsera   Trumpet
Justin Di Cioccio   Conductor

Technical Credits

Manuel de Falla   Composer
Joaquín Rodrigo   Composer
Gil Evans   Arranger,Composer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
David Liebman   Producer,Liner Notes
Lou Brown   Engineer
Justin Di Cioccio   Producer

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