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Miles Espanol - New Sketches Of Spain

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Conceived and produced by Bob Belden, ‘Miles Español’ is an amazing journey into the Spanish soul of Miles Davis, and beyond.

In May 2010, a group of Miles Davis alumni, New York’s finest Latin Jazz players, and a contingent of exceptional Spanish flamenco musicians, gathered at Sear Sound Studios in Manhattan for an unprecedented recording event.

Miles Español travels more deeply than ever before into the connective tissue between the jazz innovations of Miles Davis and the modern masters who performed in his bands; and the dramatic, romantic soul of Spanish, Latin and Moorish traditional and contemporary music.

2 CDs of material were recorded, blending two different categories of repertoire:
* New interpretations and arrangements of Miles classics from Sketches Of Spain (‘Concierto de Aranjuez’, ‘Saeta/ Pan Piper’ medley, ‘Solea’), Kind Of Blue (‘Flamenco Sketches’), and Someday My Prince Will Come (‘Teo’ aka ‘Teo/Neo’).
* New compositions by principals in the sessions - Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, etc. – that enhance and extend the musical concepts into the multicultural language of 21st century jazz.

With its landmark combination of star jazzmen, latin jazz legends and flamenco masters, Miles Español is one of the landmark jazz recordings of 2011. Already the subject of a major feature in leading U.S. jazz publication Down Beat, and certain to attract major attention around the globe.

Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Ron Carter, Sammy Figueroa, Sonny Fortune, Alex Acuña, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Rabih Abu-Khalil, Chano Domínguez, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, Eddie Gomez, Jerry Gonzalez, Cristina Pato, Jaco Abel, Edsel Gomez, Adam Rudolph, Brahim Fribgane, Edmar Castañeda, Niño Josele, Antonio Sanchez, John Benitez with Howard Johnson, Tim Hagans, Dominick Farinacci, Mike Williams, John Clark, Charlie Pillow, Mike Rabinowitz, John Riley, Victor Prieto, Luisito Quintero, Lou Marini, Scott Kinsey and Vince Wilburn, Jr.

Performer Notes
  • 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 Espa¬§ol, 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. ~ Steve Leggett

Professional Reviews
Down Beat (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Most of the album is a stylistically varied collection of mostly original compositions, which are meant to display contemporary jazz's multiculturalism."

Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Release Date:26 October, 2011
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