Miles Davis: Sketches Of Spain

Miles Davis: Sketches Of Spain
Sketches Of Spain
1997
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George Avakian, who was in charge of an ethnic music series at Columbia directed by the
ethno-musicologist Alan Lomax, especially wanted Gil Evans to work with flamenco because
of his knowledge of Spanish composers. In fact, Miles himself had simultaneously
discovered Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto De Aranjuez” and flamenco—thanks to both
an anthology brought back from Spain by the actress Beverly Bentley and a concert to
which Frances Taylor had taken him. The result was majestic music in which Gil
Evans skirted the kitsch of Rodrigo’s original score and held his own with the help of
Miles’ lofty trumpet. Along with the adagio from “Concierto,” Gil Evans borrowed
Manuel de Falla’s “Will O’ The Wisp,” and adapted “The Pan Piper” from a panpipe aria
recorded by Lomax in Galicia and “Saeta” from an eponymous ritual chant sung to the
accompaniment of the brass bands escorting the processions in Seville during Holy
Week. In this last piece and in “Solea,” Miles drew on the ardor of flamenco singing
while distancing himself from all traces of the folkloric.
Original issue: Columbia LP CS 8271
on July 18, 1960
Producers: Teo Macero and Irving Townsend
(tracks 1, 7 and Cool, Teo Macero (tracks 2-6)
Engineer: Fred Plaut
November 20, 1959 (a)
Miles Davis (tpt, flh); Ernie Royal (tpt); Bernie
Glow (tpt); Taft Jordan (tpt); Louis Mucci (tpt);
Dick Hixon (tb); Frank Rehak (tb); Jimmy
Buffington (frh); John Barrows (frh); Earl
Chapin (frh); Jimmy McAllister (tuba); Al Block
(fl); Eddie Caine (fl); Romeo Penque (oboe);
Harold Feldman (oboe, cl); Jack Knitzer (bssn);
Janet Putnam (harp); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy
Cobb (d); Elvin Jones (perc); José Manguel
(perc); Gil Evans (arr, cond)
March 10, 1960 (b)
Miles Davis (tpt); Ernie Royal (tpt); Bernie Glow
(tpt); Johnny Coles (tpt); Louis Mucci (tpt); Dick
Hixon (tb); Frank Rehak (tb); Jimmy Buffington
(frh); Joe Singer (frh); Tony Miranda (frh); Bill
Barber (tuba); Al Block (fl); Harold Feldman (fl);
Danny Bank (bcl); Romeo Penque (oboe); Jack
Knitzer (bssn); Janet Putnam (harp); Paul
Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Elvin Jones
(perc); José Manguel (perc); Gil Evans (arr, cond)
November 15, 1959 (c)
Personnel similar to (b) - exact details unknown
All tracks recorded at Columbia 30th Street
Studio, NYC

1 Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) [a]
2 Will O' The Wisp [b]
3 The Pan Piper [b]
5 Solea [b]
6 Song Of Our Country [b]
7 Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (part one, alternate take) [c]
8 Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (part two, alternate take) [a]

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