This certainly will not be one of my favorite jazz plays. Likely, it stems from its beginning, one of favorites:Concierto De Aranjuez. I'm afraid that this interpretation just doesn't set well with my ear. The rest of the numbers seem not the best of recording clarity, and lack luster, whatever. The improv work I'm sure takes great skill and effort, but it's not my kind of sounds. Certainly, others with more jazz exposure than I feel strongly that this is a essential classic, as evidenced by the many reviewers on this site. I will continue to listen with an open mind, but for right now, this isn't my fav kind of jazz.
Being somewhat new to jazz, or at least traditional jazz, I had heard the name Miles Davis and had heard he was one of the greats. I decided to check it out by buying two of his most well-known albums. These were Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain. The second of these two I consider to be the more avant-garde. The pros of this album is that it is different, and the cons of this album is that it is different. I'm not a trained musician, and don't claim to be an expert, but it is definitely not elevated elavator music. That is to say, it is not dull, repetitive smooth jazz. I've been trying to think of how to describe it, and perhaps, by comparison, it is like going to a Greek restaurant for the first time: different, yes, and possibly something you could eventually develop a taste for. I listened to this album for the first time today, after listening to Kind of Blue last weekend, and it is captivating. It is not something you put on and read a book to while half-listening. It is worth checking out.
I am an admirer of both Miles Davis and Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez but I found the combination disappointing. I thought that Davis even sounded flat on occasion. Pity, so I think I'll stick to the guitar version for this piece of music in future and enjoy Miles playing the ballads.