Miles Davis’ ‘Sketches of Spain’

Miles Davis‘ ‘Sketches of Spain’ is an album (including an extended version of the second movement of Joaquin Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’) recorded on November 20, 1959 & March 10, 1960 and released on July 18, 1960 by Columbia.

Track Listing : 1.Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (Joaquín Rodrigo) – 16:19 . 2.Will O’ The Wisp (Manuel De Falla) – 03:47 . 3.The Pan Piper (A.K.A. Alborada De Vigo) (Traditional) – 03:52 . 4.Saeta (Gil Evans) – 05:06 . 5.Solea (Gil Evans) – 12:15

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

Production : Produced By Teo Macero, Irving Townsend . Fred Plaut – Engineer . Tom Curly Ruff – Engineer

Package : Howard Fritzson – Art Direction . Nat Hentoff – Liner Notes . Randall Martin – Design . Vernon Smith – Photography

Recorded On November 20, 1959 & March 10, 1960 At Columbia 30Th Street Studio, New York.

Released On July 18, 1960 By Columbia.

(Source The Official Miles Davis Site)

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Sketches is a masterpiece that opens up with a close listen, with every detail of the music clearly audible. So do seek it out, but if you do so with this edition, it’ll cost you a few bucks. […]

All About Jazz
The Arab Roots Of Miles Davis‘ Sketches Of SpainArab music makes extensive use of maqams—the long pauses that split up melodic lines into several melodic passages. The maqam technique certainly sounds like Davis’ approach to improvisation—the long pauses that helped to make him so famous. […]
What makes Sketches of Spain so special is the styles and arrangements of Gil Evans. Miles is simply the performer on this album, but none of the compositions or arrangements are his. Gil Evans never receives enough credit for this album. […]


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