Miles Davis : Sketches of Spain

Miles Davis : Sketches of Spain


Miles Davis (trumpet, flugelhorn), Johnny Coles (trumpet), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), Elvin Jones, Jose Mangual (percussion), Gil Evans (arranger, conductor) and orchestra

Columbia 1480

Mobile Fidelity Records : LP 180 gram

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
A2 - Will O' the Wisp
B1 - The Pan Piper
B2 - Saeta
B3 - Solea  

Recorded on November 15 & 20 1959, and March 10, 1960 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City.

The album pairs Miles Davis with arranger and compose Gil Evans, with whom he had collaborated on several other projects, on a program of compositions largely derived from the Spanish folk tradition. Evans explained: "We had not intended to make a Spanish album, we were just going to do the Concierto de Aranjuez. A friend of Miles gave him the only album in existence with that piece. He brought it back to New York and I copied the music off the record because there was no score. By the time we did that, we began to listen to other folk music played in clubs in Spain. So we learned a lot from that and it ended up being a Spanish album...

Replying to suggestions that Sketches of Spain was something other than jazz, Davis said "it's music, and I like it".

For Sketches of Spain, Bill Evans and Miles Davis won the 1961 Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition.

This Mobile Fidelity LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at RTI.