Sketches Of Spain
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, September 23, 1997
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Title: SKETCHES OF SPAIN
Street Release Date: 09/23/1997
Miles Davis's impact on jazz is almost incalculable. From his early days as a sideman for Charlie Parker, through his groundbreaking Birth of the Cool sessions, to his stunning small groups of the '50s and '60s, through to his electric renaissance, the trumpeter, bandleader, and composer has left a deep mark on all who came after. He is one of jazz's true giants. Sketches of Spain, though one of Davis's most commercially successful sessions, is also one of his most controversial. Re-teaming with arranger and composer Gil Evans, who played such a pivotal role in Davis's 1949 Birth of the Cool recordings, Davis recorded a series of large group albums beginning in the late '50s, including Porgy and Bess, Miles Ahead, and Quiet Nights. Sketches of Spain, with its emphasis on flamenco, rich orchestrations, and relaxed tempos, is certainly one of Davis's most mellow recordings (he even works out on fluegelhorn), and proved to have broad appeal. To some critics, however, the project was "elevated elevator music." An expanded version of the album, featuring alternative tracks and unreleased material, was issued in 1997 by Columbia Legacy. --Fred Goodman
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Sketches of Spain is perhaps one of the absolute best collaborations between Miles Davis and Gil Evans. The lush orchestration is juxtaposed with Miles' sublime playing bringing out the desperation in the music, the laughter, and the folk dance nature - all at appropriate times. The range of sound and the depth of playing is among Miles Davis' best work. This is also the record to play for people who blurt out "I don't like jazz". Sit them down, and drop the needle on this wax, and they might reconsider what jazz can be for them.
It is evident from Steve's other recordings of Copland, Dvorak and Stravinsky with his Harmonie Ensemble that he is right at home in the worlds of jazz and classics, proving in a way that these are artificial categories and that he knows good music when he hears it. Unsurprisingly, Steve's next project is an Ellington/Tchaikovsky one with one half the famous Ellington/Strayhorn reading of the Nutcracker Suite and the other Tchaikovsky's. No doubt it will achieve the same level of perfection evident in the above projects. But grab the Sketches while it's still around, as well as Gershwin by Grofe if you don't already own it. Both are highly recommended.