Miles Español - New Sketches of Spain
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In 2008, producer, composer, and arranger Bob Belden put together Miles from India, an album featuring compositions by Miles Davis reimagined by jazz and Indian musicians. Belden follows that up with Miles in Español, which draws from Davis’ Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain and also presents original material. Here the players come from the worlds of jazz, flamenco, and Latin music; musicians from North Africa also contribute. It opens with Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” (which famously appeared on Sketches of Spain) in a gorgeous arrangement by Gil Evans. The inclusion of oud and dumbek imbue this new version with a North African feel. “El Swing” features what’s essentially an all-star quartet: guitarist John Scofield, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Two expert Spanish musicians, guitarist Niño Josele and pianist Chano Dominguez, bring a flamenco flavor to the 1931 standard “Beautiful Love.” The closer, “Solea,” brings together accordion, English horn, oud, timpani, and other instruments to create a feast of timbres.
It is more than a tribute to Miles' Sketches of Spain
Heavenly rendition to honor Miles' spirit in bringing the world of spanish music in a full improvisation session. The video documentation in this iTunes LP is also amazing. It includes 3 music videos, 30+ minutes documentary, video sketches of individual musicians commenting the session.
It is a must for anyone who are into Jazz.
I love this album. It is a brilliant concept beautifully executed. An update of a classic that is fresh and atmospheric. It is both familiar and new. The ensemble creates an energy that is true to Miles in spirit but adds something original that creates its own voice. It has been a while since an album impressed me as much as this one does. The music videos add a rich dimension to this album. This was a completely satisfying purchase.
Splendid oudoor dinner music
What a superb mix of some really stellar and intriguing works. We have no regrets purchasing this music.