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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000050F7B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo for Spanish guitar and symphonic orchestra it was performed by virtuoso Narciso Yepes. It was the most incredible music I had heard, decades ago. The world agreed because since Yepes first recorded Rodrigo's concerto four decades ago literally hundreds of different artists recorded this ethereal music. Enter Miles Davis.
Davis adapted the guitar solo to trumpet and created yet another kind of ethereal music. For his original guitar composition, Rodrigo balanced the gentle tones of the solo instrument with orchetral brass .... which often plays dissonant chords, but with soft understatement. What Davis produced is not simply transposing guitar to trumpet and the symphonic orchestral parts to a large brass section. Rather, Davis created a new sound by fusing American jazz styles with Spanish undertones. Rather than softening the brass so as not to drown out the acoustic guitar, the volume was raised in Davis' rendition and now the powerful solo trumpet carries on a dialog with an occasionally competing, and at other times counterpointal, brass section.
I imagine that when Rodrigo wrote Concierto de Aranjuez, he couldn't have imagined how far removed from his native Spain this music would travel ... reinterpreted by the American jazz world. But there it is. Had Narciso Yepes never played the concerto and the world only heard Miles Davis' rendition then the world would still have been quite happy. But now there are both kinds of music, and the lucky listener can decide to move between the two worlds of Davis and Yepes. What a triumph for modern music!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of Miles 13 Nov 2002
By Mr P VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Miles lays his trumpet down against Gil Evans arrangements of Rodrigo's Concierto De Aranjuez (Normally features classical guitar) and De Fallas Will O' the Wisp. The other three tunes were penned by Evans. The orchestration is exquisite and repays repeated listenings. Over this Davis solos in a restrained manner but the emotion of his playing continually shines through.
This is a very original album and sounds like nothing else.
A masterpiece.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Siren song 21 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
For me this is miles' best work. Downbeat, at times introspective, but always melodic and beautiful. I think i must have listened to Solea almost every week for the last 5 years.
This is Miles before he went all high tempo and electric. It's similar to Porgy and Bess in terms of the overall almost symphonic tonal quality, and similar to the musical excellence of Kind of Blue. Where this has the edge for me though is it's just Miles, no succession of solos. That means that miles develops complex, long, and emotionally intense performances.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously, stupidly brilliant... 29 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It would be all to easy to go off and review 'Kind Of Blue' and churn out the standard 'Best jazz album ever made' lines along with everyone else - but for this reviewer, 'Sketches Of Spain' is, in many respects, the superior piece. Recorded during a highly prolific period for Davis, each track carries the same lazy, loping swoon exercised so beatifully on the opener 'Concierto de Aranjuez', without losing its own individuality. To describe the pieces in any more detail is to trivialize the sheer quantity and depth of ideas and emotions contained within. This is not an album to fill pregnant pauses at partys, or to be casually sampled once in a while. It is an album to be studied, cherished and, above all, played again and again. Don't just listen - try to HEAR. This is, after all, quintessential Miles...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing CD 10 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This particular CD is really evocative of Spain and the amazing and talented jazz musicians make this a truly inspiring listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth 30 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Work of an artist who knows how to make get music sit back and enjoy a great sound just NICE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take a Stunning Walk Through Spain.... 25 April 2013
By Warren
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Without Concierto de Aranjuez I would have given Sketches of Spain 4 stars but with it......Yep its 5 lovely stars. Gil Evans & Miles Davis interpretation of music is just wonderful. The first 4 minutes of Concierto de Aranjuez may be the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz & Spain 25 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Loved this record. Brought together the playing and arranging of Miles Davis with my knowledge and enjoyment of Spanish music. Superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars magical miles
Why is this such a well loved album ? I have friends who have extensive rock collections and one solitary jazz album - this one . The melodies are beautiful . Read more
Published 1 month ago by david handy ( a mackem )
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Magic Miles
Published 1 month ago by Fleetchief
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Obviously a classic. Service was great.
Published 1 month ago by Ms. A. Catherine
1.0 out of 5 stars Great music, poor quality mp3s
The sound quality of these mp3s is terrible. It sounds as though they have been poorly mastered, and as a result they peak and distort unless they are listened to at very quiet... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S C Kenward
5.0 out of 5 stars Sketches Of Spain
This recording is Miles Davis's brilliant interpretation of Rodrigo's 'Concerto De Aranjuez'. I first heard 'sketches Of Spain' in the early 60's and loved it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by William Covington
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Miles Album - Quality CD Version of Original LP
Classic Miles Album, one of my most played LPs.
Glad to now have a quality CD Version of the original LP.
Published 6 months ago by Howard
3.0 out of 5 stars sketches of spain
The sleeve notes/cover was destroyed. All pages were bound together, as if glued. Tried several ways to separate it, but no success. Was transferred to the bin.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. R. W. Eastland
5.0 out of 5 stars Sketches of Spain - Miles Davies and Gil Evans on vinyl
I bought Sketches of Spain on CD maybe 23 years ago and loved it then. You can't call Miles' playing on this beautiful but it is totally engrossing and almost an emotional... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Woodperson
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite
so far this is the moodiest album by Davis. My favourite - really captures something distinct. Certainly spanish in influence and would recommend to those who have not sampled... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. J. DuBock
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