Miles Davis: Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)


Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)


Miles Davis (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Gil Evans (arranger)


Sketches of Spain (Sony 1207)

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Miles Davis (trumpet, flugelhorn), Gil Evans (arranger), Bernie Glow (trumpet), Taft Jordan (trumpet), Louis Mucci (trumpet), Ernie Royal (trumpet), Dick Hixson (trombone), Frank Rehak (trombone), Jimmy Buffington (French horn), Danny Bank (bass clarinet), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), Elvin Jones (percussion),

John Barrows (French horn), Earl Chapin (French horn), Jimmy McAllister (tuba), Albert Block (flute), Eddie Caine (flute), Harold Feldman (oboe, clarinet), Janet Putnam (harp)


Composed by Joaquin Rodrigo


Recorded: Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC, November 20, 1959


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

    Miles Davis, photo by Herb Snitzer

Concierto de Aranjuez (1939), directed its composer, “should be only as strong as a butterfly, and as dainty as a veronica.” Twenty years later, butterfly Davis and veronica Evans pollinated the greatest jazz-meets-classical flowering ever. Evans's orchestration is stupendous, but Miles's playing—alternating trumpet (first open, later Harmon-muted) with low-register flugelhorn—transcends even that for hushed, goose-bump drama. "Everybody in the whole studio," participant Elvin Jones recalled, "including engineers, janitors, and everyone else—they were just awed. And it was because Miles rose above himself. It was one of his greatest performances. I thought it was magnificent.” It still is.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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