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5.0 out of 5 stars DAVIS' BRASS RENDITION OF RODRIGO'S CONCERTO IS PERFECT
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...
Published on 16 Mar 2005 by F. Sweet

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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 volumes (too quiet to enjoy). I recommend buying the C.D. instead.
Published 4 months ago by S C Kenward


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5.0 out of 5 stars DAVIS' BRASS RENDITION OF RODRIGO'S CONCERTO IS PERFECT, 16 Mar 2005
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This review is from: Sketches of Spain (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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overdose on Castanets, 14 Aug 2008
This review is from: Sketches of Spain (Audio CD)
I originally bought this album as a boxed set of three LP's, Kind of Blue, Porgy and Bess were the other two. It tends to be loathed by "true believers" largely, I think, because it was one of the most popular. Therefore: it was a sore trial to the sort of deaf elitists that you find at Jazz and Orchestral music events. (People who clap harder as the music gets worse.)

It does have it's faults, the over use of castanets, which is like adding atmosphere with ketchup. The gushing orchestration which pervades the collection like cheap perfume in dance-hall. Occasional shrieking trumpet - where MD definitely looses the thread.

It's still a great album and well worth a listen. It maybe the weakest of the three albums mentioned. It's still worth five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Siren song, 21 April 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sketches of Spain - Miles Davies and Gil Evans on vinyl, 8 Oct 2013
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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 experience (sorry - 'experience' is an overworked word). The Gil Evans arrangements are stunning - sometimes so quiet you almost sense rather than hear the instruments whilst at other times rocking you on your heels.
And the best news is - it really does sound better on vinyl than CD. The record itself has very low surface noise, a complete absence of clicks and is an excellent quality recording.
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing CD, 10 July 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, 30 April 2013
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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
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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
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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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