Sketches of Spain [50th Anniversary Legacy Edition]

Sketches of Spain [50th Anniversary Legacy Edition]

by Miles Davis


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More than likely, the serious Miles Davis fan has already bought Sketches of Spain in numerous editions before, from its original CD issue to two different remasters -- and some have purchased it as part of the Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings box set as well. This 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition will more than likely be either for the serious Miles collector, or for a newcomer to the recordings of Davis and Evans. Since the single-CD issue of Sketches of Spain is still available, it remains to be seen who this 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition set -- which contains no unreleased music -- will appeal to; but it is a handsome issue and does contain a couple of nice bonuses to make it attractive. Along with the original album is a 70-minute bonus disc filled with alternate takes and extra tracks. There are four different takes of "Concerto de Arjanuez (Adagio)," including a two-part, alternate take version that lasts in total about 20 minutes; a stellar live version which is the only one that took place, and a brief alternate ending. In addition to other alternates of album pieces are "Maids of Cadiz," which showcases the first Spanish composition that Evans adapted for Miles, and "Teo," from the Someday My Prince Will Come sessions. It was included because of its symbiotic relationship to "Solea," on Sketches of Spain. Also included on the bonus disc is a large .pdf file that is in essence a digital booklet with rare photos, press clippings, and previously unpublished documents related to the recordings sessions for the album. This version also comes with a new liner essay by Gunther Schuller. Again, the more casual Miles listener, and even the purchaser of his classic albums, may hesitate, but for the more serious jazz aficionado, it is somewhat revelatory to hear the bonus material prepared and sequenced in this context; and the extra digital booklet -- given the attractive price of the set -- makes it tough to resist.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2009
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886974394921
catalogNumber: 743949
Rank: 66227

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Elvin Jones   Percussion
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Reeds
Art Taylor   Drums
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Joe Bennett   Trombone
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Willie Ruff   French Horn
Danny Bank   Reeds,Bass Clarinet
John Barrows   French Horn
James Buffington   French Horn
Eddie Caine   Clarinet,Flute,Reeds,Flugelhorn
Johnny Carisi   Trumpet
Paul Chambers   Bass
Earl Chapin   French Horn
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Sid Cooper   Clarinet,Flute
Gil Evans   Conductor
Harold Feldman   Clarinet,Flute,Oboe
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Paul Ingraham   French Horn
Jack Knitzer   Bassoon
Jose Mangual   Percussion
Jimmy McAllister   Tuba
Tony Miranda   French Horn
Louis Mucci   Trumpet
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,Flute,Reeds,Bass Clarinet,Oboe
Janet Putnam   Harp
Bobby Rosengarden   Percussion
Bob Tricarico   Reeds
Dick Hixon   Trombone
Bob Swisshelm   French Horn
Block   Flugelhorn
Tom Mitchell   Bass Trombone
Billy Ray Barber   Tuba

Technical Credits

Léo Delibes   Composer
Manuel de Falla   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
George Avakian   Producer
Gil Evans   Arranger,Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Gunther Schuller   Liner Notes
Richard Seidel   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Harold Chapman   Engineer
Randall Martin   Art Direction
Michael Kull   Tape Research
Jeremy Holiday   Packaging Manager

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