Next to KIND OF BLUE, this recording, especially the Concierto De Aranjuez, has touched me emotionally for the longest time. I know it's controversial. It's not jazz and it's not classical/serious (I understand Miles said "It's just music and I like it."). Rodrigo apparently hated the adaptation of his Concierto... until the royalty checks started to arrive. But surely it is the most successful effort in combining the two musical forms. It also demonstrates, I submit, that Miles' technical limitations could be overcome by his phrasing, selection of notes and basic soulfulness. (Bill Evans said that jazz "is all about feelings - that's it.") Also: The voicing of Gil Evans' arrangements are clearly jazz-derived.
Okay, it doesn't swing and there is not (perhaps) enough improvisation. Keeping in mind that the album was released long before the Concierto became a cliche - it was used, among other things, as the soundtrack for a Chrysler commercial - I think it stands as one of the great musical accomplishments of the 20th century.
Agree? Disagree? Love it? Hate it?
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