Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)

Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)

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Miles Davis, trumpet, flugelhorn [click here to see more vinyl featuring Miles Davis]

Danny Bank, bass clarinet

Bill Barber, tuba

John Barrows, French horn

Albert Block, flute

James Buffington, French horn

Eddie Caine, flute, flugelhorn

Paul Chambers, bass [click here to see more vinyl featuring Paul Chambers]

Earl Chapin, French horn

Jimmy Cobb, drums [click here to see other vinyl featuring Jimmy Cobb]

Johnny Coles, trumpet

Harold Feldman, clarinet, flute, oboe

Bernie Glow, trumpet

Dick Hixon, trombone

Elvin Jones, percussion [click here to see more vinyl featuring Elvin Jones]

Taft Jordan, trumpet

Jack Knitzer, bassoon

Jose Mangual, percussion

Jimmy McAllister, tuba

Tony Miranda, French horn

Louis Mucci, trumpet

Romeo Penque, oboe

Janet Putnam, harp

Frank Rehak, trombone

Ernie Royal, trumpet

Joe Singer, French horn

Gil Evans, arranger, conductor [click here to see more vinyl featuring Gil Evans]

1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited numbered edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-speed Mastering

Gain 2™ Ultra Analog

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : RTI

Label : MOFI

Original Label : Columbia

Recorded November 15 & 20, 1959 and March 10, 1960 at CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City

Engineered by Larry Keyes, Ray Moore

Produced by Teo Macero

Remastered by Krieg Wunderlich

Originally released in 1960

Reissued in 2013



Side A :

  1. Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
  2. Will O' the Wisp

Side B :

  1. The Pan Piper
  2. Saeta
  3. Solea


Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 358/500

1961 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Composition of More Than Five Minutes Duration


Reviews :

"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 -- Davis teamed with Canadian 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 Davis was, and set about to create an entire album of material around it. The result is a masterpiece of modern art. On the "Concierto," Evans' arrangement provided an orchestra and jazz band -- Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Elvin Jones -- the opportunity to record a classical work as it was. The piece, with its stunning colors and intricate yet transcendent adagio, played by Davis on a flügelhorn with a Harmon mute, is one of the most memorable works to come from popular culture in the 20th century. Davis' control over his instrument is singular, and Evans' conducting is flawless. Also notable are "Saeta," with one of the most amazing technical solos of Davis' career, and the album's closer, "Solea," which is conceptually a narrative piece, based on an Andalusian folk song, about a woman who encounters the procession taking Christ to Calvary. She sings the narrative of his passion and the procession -- or parade -- with full brass accompaniment moving along. Cobb and Jones, with flamenco-flavored percussion, are particularly wonderful here, as they allow the orchestra to indulge in the lushly passionate arrangement Evans provided to accompany Davis, who was clearly at his most challenged here, though he delivers with grace and verve. 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." AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek


Ultra Analog™ : The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ Series stems from the use of the Gain 2 system, mastered at half speed from the original master tapes where possible, capturing and uncovering as before undiscovered sonic information.


Half-speed mastering. In half-speed mastering, the whole process is slowed down to half of the original speed. A typical 33 1/3 rpm record is cut at 16 2/3 rpm. The source material is also slowed down (reducing the pitch in the process) meaning the final record will still sound normal when played back. Slowing the whole process down allows more time, which means the end result sounds better and is more efficient — allowing engineering to minimize the effects of inherent limitations within the vinyl format. The result is a more accurate and more open high-frequency response in the half speed vinyl when compared with a normal speed recording.


Ratings :

AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,46 / 5

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