Miles Davis: Aura

Miles Davis: Aura
Aura
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On December 14, 1984, Miles went to Copenhagen to receive a prize from the foundation
of the writer Carl Johann Sonning. During the ceremony, he participated in “Violet,” the
last movement of a long suite composed by the Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg for
the Danish radio orchestra. The seven movements of Aura drew their inspiration from
the colors of the rainbow, and the names of Miles Davis and former recipients of the
prize (including Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Olivier Messiaen, and Isaac Stern)
were encoded into the score. On January 31, 1985, Miles returned to the Danish capital
with his nephew Vincent Wilburn to record Aura, playing in all the numbers (except
“Indigo,” in honor of the second quintet, whose piano parts revived the trumpeter’s
disdain for any return to the past). John McLaughlin, who happened to be in
Copenhagen at the time, participated in the recording of this work, which was worthy of
Gil Evans’ sumptuous scores. Columbia’s lack of interest in releasing Aura led Miles to
decide to end his thirty years of loyalty to the label and to switch to Warner.
Original issue: Columbia LP C2X 45332
and CD CK 45332 in 1989
Producer: Palle Mikkelborg
Engineers: Henrik Lund, Niels Erik Lund
All compositions by Palle Mikkelborg
Miles Davis (tpt); Benny Rosenfeld (tpt, flh);
Palle Bolvig (tpt, flh); Jens Winther (tpt, flh);
Perry Knudsen (tpt, flh); Palle Mikkelborg (tpt, flh);
Idrees Sulieman (tpt, flh); Vincent Nilsson (tb);
Jens Engel (tb); Ture Larsen (tb); Ole Kurt Jensen
(bass tb); Axel Windfeld (bass tb, tuba); Jesper
Thilo (reeds, flute); Per Carsten (reeds, flute);
Uffe Karskov (reeds, flute); Bent Jaedig (reeds,
flute); Flemming Madsen (reeds, flute);
Niels Eje (oboe, engl horn); John McLaughlin (el-g);
Bjarne Roupee (el-g); Lillian Thornquist (harp);
Thomas Clausen (p, keyb); Ole Koch-Hansen
(keyb); Kenneth Knudsen (keyb); Bo Stief (el-b);
Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (b);
Vincent Wilburn, Jr. (d); Lennart Gruvstedt (d);
Marilyn Mazur (perc); Ethan Weisgaard (perc);
Eva Hess-Thaysen (voc)
Easy Sound Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark,
January 31-February 4, 1985

1 Intro [a]
2 White [b]
3 Yellow [c]
4 Orange [d]
5 Red [e]
6 Green [f]
7 Blue [g]
8 Electric Red [h]
9 Indigo [i]
10 Violet [j]

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