Miles Davis: Flamenco Sketches


Flamenco Sketches


Miles Davis (trumpet)


Kind of Blue (Columbia/Legacy CK 64935)

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Miles Davis (trumpet), Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums).

Composed by Miles Davis


Recorded: New York, April 22, 1959


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

       Miles Davis, artwork by Michael Symonds

After hearing Bill Evans's remarkable “Peace Piece” (1958) for solo piano, Miles Davis re-upped his ex-sideman for two sessions that yielded Kind of Blue. Refashioning Evans's Satiesque ostinato, Miles overlays a revolving series of five scales evoking what Jelly Roll Morton called "the Spanish tinge," something Davis had explored on Miles Ahead (1957) and would again a few months later on his
Sketches of Spain. With gloriously lucid solos all around (especially Coltrane's), “Flamenco Sketches” lasts 9½ minutes, but you want it to go on forever. Which is precisely how long this breathtakingly beautiful masterpiece of modern jazz will live. Forever.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 Jaap // Aug 30, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    I am 65 years old now, and this beautiful piece of music still makes me cry. When I heard it for the first time when I was 17 18, it touches me deeply and still it does. great!!!!