Customer Reviews

17
4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
15
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
Miles Espanol
Format: Audio CDChange
Price:$15.83 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I heard about this album on NPR's All Things Considered yesterday and immediately downloaded it, though I will also buy the CD. It's impossible to describe how creative and colorful this music is. It blends Jazz and Spanish and Latin Jazz and even Moroccan sounds so seamlessly that it almost creates a new music category. The players are all performing at peak creativity, especially Chick Corea (who really is making some of the best music of his life these days), Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John Scofield. But there are also a ton of musicians here that I've never heard of and who I want to find out more about.

The original Miles Davis/Gil Evans Sketches of Spain is a masterpiece, and shouldn't be compared to Miles Espanol. But in many respects I'm finding this album deeper and more fascinating because it draws more connections in the Spanish/Jazz mix and is vastly more varied in its sound approaches. I don't know if that opinion will maintain over the years, but who says one has to choose? Miles Espanol is an extraordinary journey and should not be missed. Worth every penny and then some.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
I recently spent a week in Spain examining Spanish culture, specifically its music. The nation has an amazing history as it combines both traditional Christian concepts (typically Catholic) with a Muslim moorish influence. In certain parts of the country, particularly Galacia, the Celtic influence left by the Celtiberian people is also heavily felt. The result, as is practically always the case when different cultures meld into one musical form, is brilliant music.

Miles Davis' classic cd Sketches of Spain tried to bring this interesting art form of Spanish music with traditional conceptualizations of classical and jazz music. While that album is rightfully a brilliant classic and the work of Miles and Gil Evans on it was breathtaking, the album itself misses a certain rawness. This rawness I believe originates itself in traditional Spanish music yet was dampened by Miles and Evans melding in more classical influences.

Miles Espanol, however, fills this gap as it maintains its status as a jazz album while also further exploring this rawness. In Miles Espanol, one can hear the melding of cultural influences throughout the nation of Spain as Middle Eastern influences are represented by artists such as Rabih Abou-Khalil on the oud (check out his cd Al-Jadida where he plays with Sonny Fortune if you want to find more of his amazing work), more traditional Spanish sound is presented by artists like guitarman Niño Josele, and even the Celtiberian influence is felt through bagpiper Cristina Pato (her work is generally incredible). These influences are then melded with the work of contemporary jazz legends who played with Miles including Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Sonny Fortune, Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield.

In essence, what this album does is take Sketches of Spain to the next level. It adds the rawness missed by the original yet also pays respect to Miles' masterpiece. If you enjoyed Miles from India, you are going to absolutely love this album. I recommend it for anyone even the least bit interested in Spanish music, modern jazz, and cultural fusion music.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audio CD
Overview:
Bob Beldon is following up his hit album "Miles From India" with another two disc album inspired by Miles Davis' music. This time the muse is Davis's Sketches of Spain album and other "Spanish" influenced jazz pieces. The album features an all star cast including Rabih Abou Khalil, Ron Carter, John Scofield, Gonzalo Rubalcabla, Jack Dejohnnette, Chick Corea, Antonio Sanchez, Adam Rudolph and many more stars. While the music is inspired by a period in Davis's career, the songs are not limited to the Davis cannon. In fact only two of songs are penned by Davis. Many of the songs are written by the muscians on the album. The CD offers great variety in sound and format. Some pieces feature larger ensembles with 10+ musicians, while other songs feature a group as small as a duet. It all flows together nicely despite the variety in format. For me what really elevates the album from a great album to a classic was the inclusion of two of my favorite musicians, Rabih Abou-Khalil and Adam Rudolph. Abou-Khalil is not only a great oud player but he is a legendardy composer and arranger as well. Beldon was wise enough to include a Khalil composition on the CD (Three Miles). Adam Rudolph is a fantastic percussionist and master of world music and jazz fusion. He plays a variety of instruments on this album that really add to the color and depth.

Song Highlights:
Saeta / Pan Piper - Cristina Pato's bagpipe (yes bagpipe) is haunting and beautiful in this piece. The chillng opening line conjures up images of an early morning Islam call to worship. After this killer intro the piece flows nicely into the traditional Gill Evans arrangement.

Duende - This is a beautiful flamenco guitar and flute duet between Jorge Pardo and Nino Joseles. I'm not normally a fan of a duet without percussion, but this is perfection. The guitar and flute just balance each other out perfectly. I've always been a fan of the pairing on guitar and flute and this piece demonstrates why.

Fatasia Por Miles Y Gil - The liner notes don't list the piano, bass, drum trio that play on this piece, they just list the leader Gonzalo Rubalcaba. It is a wonderful composition and brilliantly performed. The title perfectly captures the creative and wandering mood of the piece.

Concierto De Aranjuez, Just Three Miles, are also very strong pieces. The first CD is stronger than the second CD but both are good.
33 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is the best cd of the decade.The musicianship is as outstanding as the audio quality of the disc.Miles smiles and Gil smiles too.Five stars is not enough.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2014
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
The arrangements and interplay caught Miles' vibe from a certain era and paid honest tribute. I wish Miles was here to whisper about it.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2011
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
I love music but generally don't like Jazz....I just never feel comfortable with its strange cadence. This music is different. It has a compelling exotic flavor that blends many different genre with beauty and elegance. This is great music. Don't miss it.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on February 12, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This album is quite well made, in my opinion you can't ever go wrong with Miles Davis but when you add flamenco flavors to it then it really gives it new dimensions, also i must note that there are quite a lot of phenomenal musicians on this album, i personally love it.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on February 4, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Fabulous recording. A top ten purchase for me and I am not a huge jazz fan.
Gets better with each listen. Enjoy.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on November 26, 2012
Format: MP3 MusicVerified Purchase
Hey what else could you wish for .
Miles with the flamenco touch, couldn't get any better than that.
Try and listen to this style of music.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on August 20, 2012
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Not a take on Miles so much as the music that inspired Miles to venture into Sketches of Spain etc.Tranquil but intense and building as it goes, the great personnel weave trancelike sounds of Spain and its North African and Roma influences.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this also viewed
Flamenco Sketches
Flamenco Sketches by Chano Dominguez (Audio CD - 2012)

Miles from India (TWO CD SET)
Miles from India (TWO CD SET) by Various Artists (Audio CD - 2008)

Sketches of Spain
Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis (Audio CD - 1997)
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Your Recently Viewed Items and Featured Recommendations 
 

After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in.