"Along with Kind of Blue, In a Silent Way, and Round About Midnight, Sketches of Spain is one of Miles Davis' most enduring and innovative achievements. Recorded between November 1959 and March 1960 -- after Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley had left the band -- Miles teamed with British arranger Gil Evans for the third time. Davis brought Evans the album's signature piece, "Concierto de Aranjuez," after hearing a classical version of it at bassist Joe Mondragon's house. Evans was as taken with it as Miles and set about to create an entire album of material around it. The result is a masterpiece of modern art.
Sketches of Spain is the most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made. To listen to it in the 21st century is still a spine-tingling experience as one encounters a multitude of timbres, tonalities, and harmonic structures seldom found in the music called jazz." - AMG.
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The record is Exc++.
The jacket is Exc+.
The LP plays/sounds Mint.
Stunning sound. This LP sounds 'alive' with the instruments right in front of you in your room. The soundstage is very wide (beyond the speakers) and deep. Each instrument is surrounded by 'air' and presence. Individual 'space' is clearly defined for each instrument.
Very little surface noise except on Side2/track 2 - low level 'ticks' - and occasionally between tracks.
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