Sketches Of Spain

Release date
9 Sep 2013
Running length
19 tracks
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1 Miles Davis - Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) (Master) 16:21 2,195
1 Miles Davis - Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) 16:25 40,835
1 Miles Davis - Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (feat. Joaquin Rodrigo) 16:23 4
2 Miles Davis - Will O' the Wisp 3:51 48,122
2 Miles Davis - Will O' the Wisp (master) 3:49 2,624
2 Miles Davis - Will O' the Wisp (feat. Manuel De Falla) 8:54 4
3 Miles Davis - The Pan Piper 3:57 76,351
3 Miles Davis - The Pan Piper (feat. Gil Evans) 6:40 7
4 Miles Davis - Saeta (master) 5:35 2,039
4 Miles Davis - Saeta (feat. Gil Evans) 8:18 10
4 Miles Davis - Saeta 5:10 53,324
4 Miles Davis;Gil Evans - Saeta (master) 5:06 40
5 Miles Davis - Solea (master) 12:15 2,199
5 Miles Davis - Solea 12:22 48,720
5 Miles Davis - Solea (feat. Gil Evans) 7:16 9
6 Miles Davis - Song of Our Country (issued take) 3:23 1,300
7 Miles Davis - Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) (part one, alternate take) 12:05 1,343
8 Miles Davis;Gil Evans - Concierto De Aranjuez (part two, alternate take) 3:32 76
8 Miles Davis - Concierto de Aranjuez (part two, alternate take) 3:33 1,735

About this album

Along with Kind of Blue, In a Silent Way, and Round About Midnight, Sketches of Spain is one of Miles Davis’ most enduring and innovative achievements. Recorded between November 1959 and March 1960 — after Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley had left the band — Davis teamed with Canadian arranger Gil Evans for the third time. Davis brought Evans the album’s signature piece, “Concierto de Aranjuez,” after hearing a classical version of it at bassist Joe Mondragon’s house. Evans was as taken with it as Davis was, and set about to create an entire album of material around it. The result is a masterpiece of modern art. On the “Concierto,” Evans’ arrangement provided an orchestra and jazz band — Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Elvin Jones — the opportunity to record a classical work as it was. The piece, with its stunning colors and intricate yet transcendent adagio, played by Davis on a flügelhorn with a Harmon mute, is one of the most memorable works to come from popular culture in the 20th century. Davis’ control over his instrument is singular, and Evans’ conducting is flawless. Also notable are “Saeta,” with one of the most amazing technical solos of Davis’ career, and the album’s closer, “Solea,” which is conceptually a narrative piece, based on an Andalusian folk song, about a woman who encounters the procession taking Christ to Calvary. She sings the narrative of his passion and the procession — or parade — with full brass accompaniment moving along.

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  • VadiushaKomarov

    rating 10/10

    23 Jun 4:02am Reply
  • Klaudijja

    It's music and I like it. [2] And Miles clarified the issue.

    28 Apr 10:14pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    It's music and I like it.

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • sakamotocross

    Oh, good morning Mr. Davis. Going...down?

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ColonelTheSlav

    One of few Miles Davis albums that I really just don't like at all.

    24 Feb 2014 Reply
  • NM_chillandill

    Miles does it again

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • jamesfmurphy

    would have been much better if done without Gil Evans... i am not a fan of Mr. Evans. He particularly ruined what would have been some really good George Benson albums, and his taint on Sketches Of Spain makes it harder for me to listen to. But listen to it i do....

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • fergalmc

    I have to say that as much as I enjoy this, I think Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess are superior.

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • pcdockta

    Bought this album on when released & still have it but so worn & scratched from playing the 78 platter (usually when stoned) it's unplayable. Took me to new heights and blew me away. His high note solos went right through your head!

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    LOL @ "Fuck Kind of Blue". This isn't some post-hardcore band, this is a legend of a jazz musician, it's funny how dumbness can still be prominent here. :D

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Trehearne

    "Fuck Kind of Blue"...? What? How..? I don't even...It's easily one of the top 5 Jazz records of all time, and one of the greatest albums ever made. It's better than Sketches of Spain, imo, even though I love this album.

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Bedschibaer

    Fuck Kind of Blue. [3]

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Blue_Key

    My favorite Miles album ever. Can't we all love Miles' classics without comparing them negatively? Like, if you like Spain over Kind Of Blue (like me) say so, and don't downplay Blue like it's still not top 10 musical albums ever made. Bitches Brew takes second place for me. anything Miles did was perfection.

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    i'm sorry did someone say "Fuck Kind of Blue"? GO HOME. But in all seriousness, I prefer this.

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • arglactable

    photon_man62 That would be true if it weren't for the fact that FLAC doesn't degrade with every play. That extra bit depth is wasted on vinyl anyway.

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • superika01

    kolosāls albūms, kolosāls!

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • bloodmaw

    very very very awesome and relaxing

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • photon_man62

    @TheJesusBot No. Best heard on 180g vinyl.

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • gsm007g

    A Classic...Timeless.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • TheJesusBot

    Best heard on 24 bit FLAC 180g vinyl rip.

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
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