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Sketches of Spain

Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1960 Ratings: #4 / 12
User Score
Based on 319 ratings
1960 Ratings: #2
Liked by 19 people
July 18, 1960 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Teo Macero, Irving Townsend / Producer
Third Stream / Genres
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Inspired by a flamenco performance Davis attended with his wife, Frances, and helped largely by the arrangements of the genius himself, Gil Evans, 'Sketches of Spain' is an incredibly intricate, emotive and picturesque journey through some of Davis' most meticulous, memorable and experimental work ever.

The album quite obviously derives a lot of its ideas and sounds from Spanish folk music and combined with Davis' soulful trumpet, it makes for an immensely unique album, not only in his ... read more
The History of the Albums - n° 144

Miles pt.5 // Third Stream era [I invite you to read my previous reviews on Miles Davis, you will find the list below, in order to better understand his life and this one] If we look at it in context, with the recent release of the legendary Kind of Blue, Miles Davis has clearly become the invincible man of jazz. Apart from the fact that he is untouchable, and that everything thought or done becomes gold, he has unintentionally triggered an ambitious ... read more
First off, happy belated 60th anniversary to Sketches Of Spain! I was wanting to review this a few days ago on the actual anniversary, but I also didn't want to churn out a review for the sake of rushing it out on time for a specific day and instead review it when I was actually ready to do so, so here I am a couple days late. Sketches Of Spain may be a very old album now, but believe me, it's still amazing, and perhaps every bit as good as it was when it initially dropped in 1960.

Now, I'm ... read more
After the immaculate and crucial Kind of Blue, Miles Davis had some serious hype to live up to for today's listener, given that Kind of Blue didn't seem to explode in the music scene at its time. After taking inspiration from a flamenco dancer, Davis scooped up as much related music as he could get his hands on, resulting in yet another incredible and revolutionary album. What makes Sketches of Spain so much of a success is its ability to buck any ideas that jazz sounds "same-ish", ... read more
'Sketches of Spain' is an admirable album from Mile Davis, it may not be my favourite from him but it's a fine body of work and it's a standout in his discography for sure. The compositions from Miles and Gil Evans are spectacular especially on the opener and the closer, I like how Miles takes inspiration from Spanish Music and incorporated it into the jazz setting with more of a large sound that feels cinematic in a sense. For sure it's a great record from Miles Davis and for sure it's worth a ... read more
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Added on: March 15, 2013