This album is a fascinating companion piece to Tutu and another stunning production and composition effort from Marcus Miller. It also features some of Miles's most arresting trumpet playing from the last decade of his life. Unfortunately this amazing music is saddled with being the soundtrack to a very poor movie.
Any fans of Sketches of Spain will be right at home here, with Spanish elements brought out by Marcus with an amazing array of synth effects as well as his elegant fretless bass, and strong guest spots by Earl Klugh, John Scofield, James Walker and Omar Hakim. The ghost of Gil Evans looms large also. But Miles of course is the star of the show, consistently providing a sound that someone once described as 'a little boy looking for his mummy'. Apparently when Marcus played back the tapes of Lost In Madrid to an assembled cast and crew, several people broke down in tears.
As George Cole pointed out in his book The Last Miles, only Michel Legrand, Gil Evans and Marcus Miller's names have shared a Miles Davis album cover, and that really proves how highly Miles rated Marcus's effort. It's more than justified with this stunning work.