Legacy continues its Miles campaign with Sketches of Spain (Legacy
Edition) celebrating the 50th anniversary of the trumpeter’s extraordinary collaboration
with Gil Evans. When it was released in 1960, it was so different that many
critics simply didn’t know what to make of it. When confronted with the question is
it jazz? Miles answered, “It’s music, and I like it.” The finished results were ultimately
hailed as a masterpiece, creating a hypnotic ‘possessed’ effect, and brought to
a fitting climax the period of intense creativity that had begun in 1954.
Sketches of Spain (Legacy Edition) includes on 2 CDs what is
unanimously regarded as powerful and lasting music, music that represents
a compelling blend of the “deep song” of flamenco and the cry of the blues.
This set includes:
Over two hours of music. The original album along with rehearsal and
alternate takes previously heard only on the 1996 set Miles Davis &
Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings, plus the only piece
ever performed live by Miles with Gil – “Concierto de Aranjuez” performed at
Carnegie Hall on May 19, 1961.
Bonus digital booklet with Rare photos, session records with Teo
Macero’s producer notes and clippings including the 1960 Hi
Fi/Stereo Review article by Nat Hentoff describing the Nov. 15, 1959 recording
New liner notes for this 2009 edition are written by composer/academician
Gunther Schuller, whose hundreds of accomplishments in jazz include playing
french horn for Miles on the 1949-50 Birth Of The Cool sessions, and recording
with Miles and Gil on the 1958 masterpiece, Porgy and Bess.