Article number: 8436569194652
• CLASSICS ALBUMS
• 180 GRAM VIRGIN VINYL
• INCLUDES 1 BONUS TRACK
Sketches of Spain was Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ third conceptual album (they had worked together back in the late 1940s on the celebrated “Birth of the Cool” nonet sessions and would record their first conceptual LP Miles Ahead in 1957, followed by their adaptation of George Gershwin’s music for Porgy and Bess in 1958). The trumpeter stated in his autobiography that the whole thing came out of listening to Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez”. Even though the slow movement of “Concierto de Aranjuez” was the main feature of the album (Miles and Gil later performed it live at Carnegie Hall), its original composer, Joaquín Rodrigo, wasn’t pleased with the Davis-Evans version. As Miles stated: “I liked the record and thought everybody played well on it and that Gil had arranged his ass off, but it didn’t have a large impact on me. Joaquin Rodrigo, the composer of Concierto de Aranjuez, said he didn’t like the record, and he –his composition –was the reason I did Sketches of Spain in the first place. Since he was getting a royalty for the use of the song on the record, I told this person who had played it for him, ‘Let’s see if he likes it after he starts getting those big royalty checks’. I never heard anything about or from him after that.” Despite Joaquín Rodrigo’s reaction, Sketches of Spain was extremely successful from the start.
MILES DAVIS, trumpet & flugelhorn on all tracks
With orchestra arranged and conducted by GIL EVANS
Bernie Glow, Taft Jordan, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (tp), Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), John Barrows, Jimmy Buffington, Earl Chapin (fhr), Jimmy McAllister (tu), Romeo Penque (oboe), Harold Feldman (oboe, b-cl), Jack Knitzer (bassoon), Al Block, Eddie Caine (fl), Danny Bank (b-cl), Janet Putnam (harp), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (d), Elvin Jones (perc), prob. José Mangual (perc).
New York, November 20, 1959.
ON A2 & B1-B4:
Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci (tp), Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), Joe Singer, Tony Miranda, Jimmy Buffington (fhr), Bill Barber (tu), Romeo Penque (oboe), Jack Knitzer (bassoon), Al Block, Harold Feldman (fl), Danny Bank (b-cl), Janet Putnam (harp), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (d), Elvin Jones (perc), prob. José Mangual (perc).
New York, March 10, 1960
01. CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ
02. WILL O’ THE WISP
01. THE PAN PIPER
04. SONG OF OUR COUNTRY (*)
(*) BONUS TRACK: From the same sessions, but not included on the original LP.