Saturday, August 6, 2011
A Record a Week: Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ
WILL O THE WISP
THE PAN PIPER
This album is the first one I've heard by Miles Davis that has a real vibrant energy. Don't get me wrong, his immense talent always shows through, it's just that the more upbeat tempos aren't usually his style. There is also plenty of his type of jazz on this record. Infused with Spanish melodies, this album contains a larger selection of horns than a normal Davis record.
To me, the first few songs sound like backing music for a movie from the 40's or 50'swhere the dialogue might go something like 'We gotta go, see. Time is running short, see'. But then the second side sounds more like the score to a film detailing a victory by Alexander the great or some other ancient conqueror, with its horn-tooting melodies in major keys.
As someone who only has limited exposure to Miles Davis, this was a great record to experience the range of this vastly talented man.