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Four Classic Albums (Miles Ahead / Sketches of Spain / Porgy and Bess / Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud) [Remastered]
 
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Four Classic Albums (Miles Ahead / Sketches of Spain / Porgy and Bess / Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud) [Remastered]

24 Mar 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 24 Mar 2013
  • Label: AVID Entertainment
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 AVID Ltd
  • Total Length: 2:36:12
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  • ASIN: B00C05O3J2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,862 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
The four albums on this set date from between 1957 and 1960, the earliest being "Miles Ahead". That's notable for being Miles' first collaboration with Gil Evans, which partnership progressed to "Porgy & Bess" and "Sketches of Spain", all three of which featured Miles playing against a large ensemble. In contrast, "L'Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud" was recorded during Miles' late 1957 tour of France, when he was invited to provide the score for Louis Malle's film noire, for which a quintet was used.

In order of preference I'd start with "Porgy and Bess", where Evans' arrangement provided a shimmering background for Miles' lyrical playing of Gershwin's masterpiece, producing a stunning version of that folk opera. "Sketches of Spain" was inspired by Rodrigo's Concerto, and begins with the transformation of that classical composition, followed by de Falla's "Will o' the Wisp" from his ballet "El Amor Brujo", the three remaining tunes having been contributed by Evans. I don't think "Miles Ahead" quite reaches the same heights, maybe because it was the first such collaboration. Just as an aside, the late Philip Larkin praised the surface texture produced by the shifting background of brass, French horns and woodwinds; the only problem from his point of view was that, as jazz, it was practically non-alcoholic! Finally, "L'Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud" is a film soundtrack that was integrated with the screen action, but is less effective when heard in isolation.

Judged on its own terms, this is three classic albums plus an odd one out, but sound quality is excellent, and anyone needing to replace their worn vinyl should jump at the prospect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Lawson on 1 Nov 2013
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I bought this set recently as a gift for a friend as I had known (and at various times owned the vinyl originals) and loved them over a period of fifty years. Looking back across that time these albums (especially the collaborations with Gil Evans) are as 'fresh' today as they were when first recorded and still considered by many to represent, not only some of the finest music (I hesitate to call it 'jazz') Davis ever recorded, but some of the finest music recorded...period. They stand testament to a wonderful and unique musical partnership.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Howard Russell on 9 July 2013
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As ever, very enjoyable albums. Recommend you buy and enjoy especially at this price. A bargain especially if you are unsure of the music. Go for it.
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