Miles Davis – Concierto De Aranjuez (Part Two Ending)

I wonder how many artists have classic albums celebrating their 50th birthdays this year that are not even their first album? I’d guess fairly few – but that’s the case for Sketches Of Spain, Miles Davis’ follow-up to the wildly successful Kind Of Blue (the jazz record people who don’t like jazz own).

It’s a concept album that takes it’s inspiration (and it’s arrangements) from traditional Spanish music and represented a hard break with Davis’ previous work at the time of it’s release – think Radiohead releasing Kid A. The track Concierto de Aranjuez underpins the entire album, reoccurring three times during the course of the six track disc in different variations. It is a reworking of a traditional Spanish composition with Davis playing his trumpet as well as an oboe and I think the Trench horn too during it.

The song above closes put the album and after a hugely dramatic start seems to shift and slip away down sunny side streets as it gently drifts along.

The album has been remastered, repackaged and rereleased this week to celebrate it’s golden anniversary and is available from Amazon here or from Sketches

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