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Sketches Of Spain Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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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!
This is a very original album and sounds like nothing else.
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.
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.
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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Was Miles on drugs when he recorded this? OF course he was! Terrible stuff.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I'd argue this album is as good as, or possibly even better than, Kind Of Blue...Published 10 months ago by Stuart
One of the best from Miles Davis. And at the best price I could find online.Published 10 months ago by M Youll