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Sketches of Spain (50th Anniversary Enhanced 2 CD Legacy Edition) [Enhanced]

Miles DavisAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (Master)Miles Davis16:20Album Only
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listen  3. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (Part One, Alternate Take)Miles Davis & Gil Evans12:05Album Only
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listen  9. Saeta (Full Version Of Master)Miles Davis & Gil Evans 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (Live)Miles Davis17:06Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 26, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B001W63DYQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Flamenco and classical met jazz as Gil Evans once again met Miles for this groundbreaking recording. Taped between late 1959 and early 1960, this masterpiece finds Miles at his most hypnotic against Gil's brilliant, romantic orchestrations. You'll also hear the only piece Miles ever played live with Gil (Rodrigo's Concierto , Carnegie Hall, 1961) plus Teo; Maids of Cadiz ; alternate takes of Song of Our Country , and more bonus tracks!

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SKETCHES OF SPAIN-50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION May 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Two discs 45,70 minutes each approximately. The sound is clean and crisp. There is good separation between Davis' horn and the orchestra. The booklet is informative,with long notes by Gunther Schuller. There is a PDF file,that when accessed from one of the discs,gives more information and insight into this music.

When this album was originally released DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE gave it five stars,calling it one of the most important musical triumphs of the century.

By now,most Davis listeners are in one of two major groups-the first feels that this is nothing but glorified "elevator music" with a bit of Davis' horn woven in,and that this new release is only another way for the music business to "cash-in" on Davis' name. The second group finds this music evocative and very emotionally moving,maybe even a bit daring (for the time)with Davis and Gil Evans decision to rely so heavily on orchestral passages,on which Davis attaches his horn,which only deepens the mood. In between these two groups are listeners who feel that this is yet another path in the overall maze of amazing music from Miles Davis. You can either continue down this path,or turn away and head in another direction. By this time most listeners know the basis for this music,and how Gil Evans built upon the Spanish themes,and together with Davis,forged the third (and most deeply orchestrated) album of Davis' career. Davis has said in his autobiography that he needed musicians that could read music and play it with no,or little, feeling,and others who played with a great amount of feeling. What Davis found when he recorded this album was that he had to read the score over a few times,then listen to it a few times-then play it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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As most readers familiar with Miles Davis' music will know, `Sketches of Spain' recorded in 1959-60 was his third and final collaborative project with orchestral arranger Gil Evans. The original album release, distilled from several protracted recording sessions, explored the musical styles of the Iberian Peninsula and has a distinctive feel quite different from Miles' other work: listeners familiar with classical music who never previously connected with jazz often found SoS to be an accessible gateway to other innovative jazz pieces of the era.

The opener was an extended re-interpretation of the second (slow) movement of J. Roderigo's modern impressionist-classical piece `Concierto di Aranjuez', which Miles listened to repeatedly in 1959 and declared "I couldn't get it out of my mind." Gil's orchestration for an ensemble of brass and woodwind anchors the melody, is faithful to Roderigo's score and captures the spirit of the piece to perfection. It is more classical (i.e. rigid) in structure than normally found in jazz, allowing only constrained improvisation around the melody. In re-interpreting Roderigo's score for the guitar, Miles responded to the more formalised framework with understated mastery and worked with the orchestra to fine result. Roderigo, by the way, didn't like it: the brass-dominated orchestral sound too much of a departure from his vision; the absence of the Spanish guitar at the heart of the piece, and the second movement of the concerto removed from the context of the faster and more upbeat first and third movements not at all to the composer's taste. However, in the context of the other pieces on Miles and Gil's "Sketches of Spain" it fits perfectly and sets the mood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YES!!! June 5, 2014
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Such a good album I have actually bought this three times - to share of course! (with my father and my brother)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few things I know changed my life April 22, 2014
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I have had this in its original release vinyl, at least 2 LP's, in the sixties record care was sometimes difficult. Over the years I have bought several CD's , my care of discs has improved, but there are always updates, remaster's that promise and sometimes deliver.
In the mountains of New Hampshire in the times between the execution of JFK and RFK and MLK, I ventured one snowy "Saturday Afternoon"* to visit my music mentor Bill, and after boots and layers removed, but cheeks still red, we shared a smoke. And something he said or the way he said it, I knew something cool was headed my way.
What I heard that day "Sketches of Spain" , and the entity of the work transformed me, probably first it introduced me to Rodrigo's music and Spanish music in general which remain as part of my soul. But it also introduced me to a form of music, it was not Duke Ellington or Count Basie but was a big band sound, it was not the great Clifford Brown on trumpet but Miles played and did some things and had a talent of turning the trumpet into his own interpretation of how it should sound. I have always had at least one disc of this work of art in my collection ever since. I went on to see Miles Davis perform in different combos over the years seeing him live at least a dozen times. until a performance at the Village Gate, in which he played Jazz Fusion but what was really a few egos playing for themselves. That has been the only time I walked out of a live performance in my life.
Not to long ago I heard an SACD, DSD of this disc, (not Sony or Columbia). And yet again I find myself buying another version of something that it would appear I continue to love, this SACD had a different presence. So I will now add another old favorite in DSD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding tribute to an eternally great moment in music.
Kudos! The only improvement would be a companion high-quality special re-issue in vinyl.
Published 10 days ago by LEONARD X. GILLESPIE
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gift of genius.
What's not to LOVE about this music? My favorite Miles Davis album of all time ... savor it in your solitude with no distractions.
Published 2 months ago by Leica Hound
5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark recording
If you're into jazz, you must have this. It's one of the greatest jazz recordings ever made, and in many ways it changed everything after it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul A. Dirks
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd copy
My first copy of this was vinyl, and I purchased it in 1970. I used to listen before bed every night. Very beautiful and soothing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. Guthrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
I'm not a jazz purist. I love all good music regardless go genre. I have owned and listened extensively to Kind Of Blue in many different formats for decades. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Studi O'Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic......Impressive....Relaxing....
He really was a master in Jazz.... It is impressive to see his adaptations from classical Spanish Flamenco to the melody notes of Jazz.
Published 12 months ago by Jose-Luis Castro Iglesias
5.0 out of 5 stars Sketches of Spain (50th Anniversary Enhancement 2 CD Legacy Edition
I have the original on a 33 1/3 and loved it when it first came out. Since I no longer have a record player that can play my album I wanted the cd so that I could listen to it... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thelma Walker-Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Premiere Piece
Have heard this piece of work by the legend (Miles Davis), before am glad to have a copy.

Would like to see Chris Botti with Lucia Micarelli do something with this!
Published 14 months ago by Jim Dollison
4.0 out of 5 stars My third iteration of this classic recording !
This is my third iteration of this CD!
(I must be a Miles Davis fan...don't ya think?)

I thought it was a good price for a 2-CD set, although
the audio quality... Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. J. Techead
2.0 out of 5 stars What The...?
I'm not saying that they're aren't great tracks on here, there are, but this really brought home a problem I have with Miles' work. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Blue Dragonfly
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