Producer Bob Belden has turned reinventing the music of Miles Davis into a cottage industry, taking Davis to India for 2008's Miles from India
, and more recently Belden has given us Asiento
, which re-imagined Bitches Brew
as a slice of electronica. Now he gives us Miles Español
, which finds Belden pairing veterans of Davis' various bands with musicians from Spain, Morocco, and Latin America on classic tracks from Davis' Sketches of Spain
and Kind of Blue
albums. Hearing Davis compositions with oud, bassoon, accordion, and bongos is certainly exotic and interesting, but one longs for the elegant, stately grace of the original albums.