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Miles Davis — Concierto De Aranjuez
Album: Sketches Of Spain
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Released: 1960
Length: 8:12
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{#Notworthy}{#Clap}{#Music} Simply the Best!
I think less of this than when I first heard it. Miles was—remains—a genius, but he cools-and-Leonard Bernsteins this one up a bit too much for me. Some of the rich tapestry and melodic richness goes missing from Rodrigo's magnificent original, which has a few passages that almost transcend beauty itself. Nonetheless, Miles could be such an exquisite musician and arranger that it is hard to find much fault with this. I've bumped it down, from a 10 to a 9. I prefer the original, but when this pops up on PSD or as the main course, I won't be listening to something else. 
The original work has pathos, emotion, and tugs at the heart strings. This has...emptiness. Davis has eviscerated Rodrigo's work of all meaning and emotion, and replaced it by lift music. No doubt technically accomplished muzak, but muzak nonetheless. Music is about emotion, about moving the listener in some way. This is a technical exercise that moves this listener only to hit the PSD button. A nailed-on Ho-Hum from the jazzophobic Nottingham jury.
 Rotterdam wrote:
Wonderful! I gave it a 9, but maybe it should be a 10. 
(My office mate just asked what this abysmal dirge this was.)
Hmmm. 

 
..........................YOUR OFFICE MATE ,  HAS NO BRAIN..............
Wonderful! I gave it a 9, but maybe it should be a 10. 
(My office mate just asked what this abysmal dirge this was.)
Hmmm. 
{#Sleep}
more please.................{#Notworthy}..................many  MILES  to go....................
cooool

great piece, thank you for the history rdo

(there's a little profile in today's NYTimes about the only female toreador that is somewhat interesting, though it's a sick spectacle)
The Concierto de Aranjuez is a composition for classical guitar and orchestra by the Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. Written in 1939, it is far and away Rodrigo's best-known work, and its success established his reputation as one of the most significant Spanish composers of the twentieth century.
Very nice piece of music.  Thanks RP.

This song is very calming. I need to hear it more!
 

Calming? I suppose it's calming when you're dead but that doesn't mean I want to go there either. Ok, play jazz but make it worth listening to or make it short. Eight minutes of that pot rattling is way too long.
Mo' Miles please Bill!  Only 10 tracks in the library. {#Pray}
This song is very calming. I need to hear it more!
Jeez what a tuneless dirge. I really don't understand what people find to like in this guy's output.
File under avoid. 
Everyone at  jazz improv nite from the local Burger King loves this song!
Aural bliss. A treat for both the head and the heart.
Brilliant choice Bill, a fine tune for a hot Southern Hemisphere afternoon... {#Sunny}
 terrapin52 wrote:
It's kind of like the Picasso of jazz.

 
 
I can dig that. But I hear more Joan Miro here than Picasso. This transforms me. I picked up a new Mac Air yesterday, and replaced my ear buds (right one blown). Guess which album I played to test the new buds?....Sketches of Spain. You can literally hear the tongue on the oboe reed.

Happy holidays...


 radioroger wrote:
Sorry to be close-minded, but if I wanted to listen Jazz, I'd listen to a Jazz station.
 



Surely that is the whole point of RP - listening to music you otherwise wouldn't listen to? I'm not a big jazz fan, but I live being surprised with it. Carry on the good work RP.
Exquisite, very rewarding. Rodrigo's original piece is THE one, but Miles's take is innovative and engaging. I don't find this boring in the least, and it retains its emotional depth. 
WORLD.CULTURAL.HERITAGE
 radioroger wrote:
Sorry to be close-minded, but if I wanted to listen Jazz, I'd listen to a Jazz station.
 
From RP's home page: "RP is a blend of many styles and genres of music, carefully selected and mixed by two real human beings. You'll hear modern and classic rock, world music, electronica, even a bit of classical and jazz."

It's that eclectic mix that brings me here, because little bores me more than a single genre station playing variations on a limited theme all day. The mix is what RP is all about so unfortunately you'd better learn to use the PSD button or get over the occasional jazz track, because it'll come up regularly.

Meanwhile, as for this track, Miles kind of passes me by I'm afraid. Nothing I can get nourishment from, but nothing I can be critical of either. That makes it a 5 from me I guess.

 radioroger wrote:
Sorry to be close-minded, but if I wanted to listen Jazz, I'd listen to a Jazz station.
 
Considering there are rarely 2 songs of the same genre played within the same hour on RP this statement is just stupid. RP isn't a jazz station, or a rock station, or a prog station, or an electronica station, or a folk station, or a adult contemporary station. It's a music station. Learn things, Roger.
Also, Miles is God.
 radioroger wrote:
Sorry to be close-minded, but if I wanted to listen Jazz, I'd listen to a Jazz station.
  
Everybody is a Jazz fan. It's the one art form that the whole wide world just loves, but, unfortunately, for some strange reason, when it comes to buying Jazz CDs, they can't go the last mile.


 oldslabsides wrote:
If you don't get this, well.... you don't get it.
 
agreed
If you don't get this, well.... you don't get it.
Not my favourite Miles, but still excellent.
painful
When the castanets started, I took off my headphones to see what my kids were doing - sometimes old stereo recordings are amazing.
Not gonna complain about this one. It's classic. But when it first started with the percussion, I saw little metal bugs scuttling across the landscape in a bad Outer Limits episode.
This is so boring.
I know it's blasphemy in certain circles. But, please make it stop.

Ah, Miles playing low without his ususal croak...he should have played in this register more. He could do it all...


beautiful...  love it...

 
 rollo_tomasi wrote:
Sounds like a bunch of miscellaneous 1960s TV theme songs cobbled together.

I'm waiting for the evil space monster to startle Dr Smith

 
 
If I could get the animated emoticons to work, I'd give you a row of rolling LMAO heads. 

{#Roflol}

But they just break. 

Dr. smith from "Lost in space" with the words "Oh the Pain...the pain!"

Yoou keep playing Nu2Mi music. I keep buying from Amazon. Collection keps growing and growing. Thank you, I think
It's kind of like the Picasso of jazz.

 

Everybody in my hotel room loves this music...
 
This is a 10. Now, Bill, play the original Rodrigo track. Exquisite and perfect. 
 radioroger wrote:
Sorry to be close-minded, but if I wanted to listen Jazz, I'd listen to a Jazz station.
 
you radiorog guys really no your stuff, i guess.  NOT

Sorry to be close-minded, but if I wanted to listen Jazz, I'd listen to a Jazz station.
The best, Miles any day any time.
surprised to hear this from any but my collection.  great working music...(2, 3, 4)
 misterbearbaby wrote:


Ah, yes- a jazz afficianado, I see! This would be one of the most influential and greatest jazz songs ever written and Sketches of Spain probably the most important, beautiful and musical jazz album ever pressed into vinyl; I thank the lord for my copy every day.

 

As you say its a master peice and tracks like this I can see why Classical muscians second love is Modern Jazz. Thankyou for your comment misterbearbaby
Please keep this in the rotation. Maybe it'll sink in with someone who doesn't like jazz.
 Cynaera wrote:
I just survived the week from hell, complete with snapped power cables, a knifed tire, a late appointment, temperatures near a hundred, and a fight with my brother.  This song came at the perfect time - it's dramatic, but not melodramatic, and something about the groove simply feels good.  Thank you, Bill and Rebecca - Miles Davis makes everything better for me. {#Meditate}
 

Ahhhh... That's the spirit!
 PA1749 wrote:

You ass-u-me that I don't understand it (whatever your interpretation of that might mean). I may very well "understand" it and still not like it. I know everything I need to know about music. I know what I like!
  

Don't go changin' now!  An open mind only collects dirt.

 rollo_tomasi wrote:
Sounds like a bunch of miscellaneous 1960s TV theme songs cobbled together.

I'm waiting for the evil space monster to startle Dr Smith

 
 

Ah, yes- a jazz afficianado, I see! This would be one of the most influential and greatest jazz songs ever written and Sketches of Spain probably the most important, beautiful and musical jazz album ever pressed into vinyl; I thank the lord for my copy every day.

Sounds like a bunch of miscellaneous 1960s TV theme songs cobbled together.

I'm waiting for the evil space monster to startle Dr Smith

 
I just survived the week from hell, complete with snapped power cables, a knifed tire, a late appointment, temperatures near a hundred, and a fight with my brother.  This song came at the perfect time - it's dramatic, but not melodramatic, and something about the groove simply feels good.  Thank you, Bill and Rebecca - Miles Davis makes everything better for me. {#Meditate}
 PA1749 wrote:

This is not the reason why I listen to RP. There are lots of other oldies stations that I could turn to if I wanted this.

OK that was just too polite. THIS SUCKS.



 
Just to make it entirely clear Miles does not Suck he Blows, otherwise to suck this instrument would not produce such a wonderful sound.


 Toke wrote:


Go to the back of the class and recite 100 times 'I MUST not complain about music I do not understand'.
 
You ass-u-me that I don't understand it (whatever your interpretation of that might mean). I may very well "understand" it and still not like it. I know everything I need to know about music. I know what I like!


Please God make it stop!!!!
 PA1749 wrote:

This is not the reason why I listen to RP. There are lots of other oldies stations that I could turn to if I wanted this.


 

Go to the back of the class and recite 100 times 'I MUST not complain about music I do not understand'.
Battling depression... this not helping

This is not the reason why I listen to RP. There are lots of other oldies stations that I could turn to if I wanted this.

OK that was just too polite. THIS SUCKS.



I guess I just don't like this guy. I need something a little more inspiring than this during the lunch hour.
 Poacher wrote: 
Many thanks for the sketch Poacher :-)  My favourite Jazz artist the man who knew no bounds in music experimenting right up to the end of his life.


This is the cut!
Miles Davis, as good a reason for a bathroom break as anything on RP. Well, he and Neil Young.
I liked it - his music often takes me by surprise. - ** I just pressed submit and saw the note below   - not that kind of surprise***  I am surprised in that I never know it's him playing when I hear some of his songs

 bronorb wrote:
Don't you crave a surprise now and then?

I love it when a song goes somewhere I don't expect it to.
 
This is the aural equivalent of faeces on my shoes - surprising yes, pleasant no.

This botched rendition of a beautiful piece of music goes somewhere all right - the same place the aforementioned faeces goes.

That you find it appealing says all that's necessary about your critical facilities and judgment.

. . .

BTW, the terms used were correct in context and meaning: that your (incorrect) notions do not comport with reality is not my concern.


I enjoy it, but it drags on and on. Putting me to sleep at work!
Unlistenable. But endless!
This is soooooooo good!
Nice for an american night and a german sunnycold comfortable saturday late morning. That calms me down.
This one is really growing on me. Jazz usually is not my thang at all, but this one obviously has some genius..

The soul and restrained passion in this song are painfully, exquisitely, coolly beautiful.  Miles Davis + Gil Evans = Genius
 bronorb wrote:


Wrong notes? There is no such thing.

Bad Dynamics? I think you better look up the word dynamics in the dictionary.

Off-tempo? That's the point.

The list just goes on? The list of the musical terms that you obviously have limited knowledge of.

It's ok to dislike a certain type of music, but don't critique unless you know what you are talking about. The whole idea behind music like this is experimentation. Unfortunately, too many people like nice, clear, linear, beginning-middle-end, types of music.
Don't you crave a surprise now and then?
I love it when a song goes somewhere I don't expect it to.
 

Oops! I also wanted to make a critic note about this track, now I don't dare to. I think you certainly have a point. I am absolutely a MD fan and jazz is my thing, but this track: I think I need to get used to it. Only heard it for the first time now, so lets give it a try!
 aelfheld wrote:
Wrong notes. 

Bad dynamics. 

Off-tempo. 

The list just goes on.

{#Puke}
 

Wrong notes? There is no such thing.

Bad Dynamics? I think you better look up the word dynamics in the dictionary.

Off-tempo? That's the point.

The list just goes on? The list of the musical terms that you obviously have limited knowledge of.

It's ok to dislike a certain type of music, but don't critique unless you know what you are talking about. The whole idea behind music like this is experimentation. Unfortunately, too many people like nice, clear, linear, beginning-middle-end, types of music.
Don't you crave a surprise now and then?
I love it when a song goes somewhere I don't expect it to.
Beautiful and Magical!!
Gil Evans was a stone genius. This arrangement is magical.
 mgoldman wrote:
As a kid in 1961, I remember my dad putting this disc on the Empire turntable and playing it through the AR2a speakers and sitting on the couch with his horn and playing along with Miles.  Lasting memories that inspired my love of music.  Always loved this.
 
wow. that's a great memory. I might steal it.

as an aside, I bought a reverb unit that was Miles' when he was touring.

As a kid in 1961, I remember my dad putting this disc on the Empire turntable and playing it through the AR2a speakers and sitting on the couch with his horn and playing along with Miles.  Lasting memories that inspired my love of music.  Always loved this.
Check in when you're old enough to shave.

BORING!  {#Rolleyes}
Wrong notes. 

Bad dynamics. 

Off-tempo. 

The list just goes on.

{#Puke}
Great song from a great album.  Miles never rested on his laurels and always found new ways to express his creativity.  I do believe other jazz artists have done this song and I like every other version too.  Rodrigo really wrote a great tune that lent itself well to jazz interpretations.

Chet Atkins - "Autumn Leaves" Live (1978):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao1VOMrEuS4


This melts the encasement of my heart, Ahhh... beautiful!

A typically interesting rendition, but for mine, it pales badly in comparison with the inspired original.........


I don't listen to a lot of Miles Davis... or a lot of jazz for that matter.
But I quite enjoyed this.
I'm really into the more abstract sounds (perhaps I should spend more time with Miles playing on the stereo).
The new Flaming Lips album kinda feels like Miles Davis on acid with the distortion cranked up.
Time to explore...


Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
 MojoJojo wrote:
I play the spoons that well!  I coulda played with Miles!  I coulda been huuuuge!  

 
I'd rather listen to your rendition than this abomination.

Are we listening to the same thing?? I'm hating this.


Not my favourite Miles, but any Miles is good Miles.
I play the spoons that well!  I coulda played with Miles!  I coulda been huuuuge!  

 dedawson wrote:
Well, there's good jazz.  And then there's this.  I don't know that there's any RP set that this could fit into.  Probably should be dropped.
 

It worked really well in what we just heard:

bruce - the wrestler
cinematic orchestra - to build a home
into miles Davis

a bit deep, brooding for 9 a.m. eastern, but i liked it and thought it fit in nicely - and I'm really not a big jazz fan, but coupled with the very deep and thought provoking previous 2 songs, i really got something out of it.....
mesmeric. one of my favourite albums of all time
Fantastically stirring. Demands your complete attention.
This is one brilliant Album. Miles was such an experimental musician and I urge all listeners to experience his works over the years. Well done RP for airing this.
Ah the soothing sounds of nails on the chalk board...
Miles c. 1959. fifty years ago now -
The few, the stoned, the tone-deaf.
I can name that trumpet player in two notes...
This piece stirs up quite the controversy here on friendly RP!
I find it fascinating: musically challenging in a delightful way.  I think this is a perfect example of a great musician playing to the few...
As for controversy, the audience rioted the first time Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" was played publicly.
As pompous as that sounds, it stands. 
Definitely a "10"
amazing
 Leslie wrote:

I think you've made it pretty clear how much you hate this song. Isn't this about the 4th negative comment you've made? Take a deep breath and just let it go.

 

If it didn't keep popping up like crabgrass, maybe we could let it go.
 Frater_Kork wrote:

You mean this version then.
 

Any
version that doesn't sound like a Portsmouth Symphonia outtake.
Okay.  I gave it an honest try.  I really did.  But it won't stop and I cannot like it.  I know Miles is a legend and all, and I try not to leave negative comments, but dear god, please let this be over.

Sorry. 
 benpfree wrote:
This is a beautiful jazz ballad but why the heck are you playing this now in middle of the day?! Its putting me to sleep. This should be on a public jazz radio station at night, not here. That's my 2cents. Thanks
 
I'll see your 2, and raise you 2.
Well, there's good jazz.  And then there's this.  I don't know that there's any RP set that this could fit into.  Probably should be dropped.
This is a beautiful jazz ballad but why the heck are you playing this now in middle of the day?! Its putting me to sleep. This should be on a public jazz radio station at night, not here. That's my 2cents. Thanks


Miles Davis is smooth jazz... love it...


 hippiechick wrote:
MUTE!
 
I think you've made it pretty clear how much you hate this song. Isn't this about the 4th negative comment you've made? Take a deep breath and just let it go.

Well, I know some of Miles's work, but this is an aspect of his career with which I am not familiar.  Thanks for the intro, RP.  Except for the bombastic blasts of brass in the middle, this was great, even if he was drug-addled.  I'll have to listen to the version with a "clean" Miles.
 aelfheld wrote:
Could you please find a copy of the Concierto de Aranjuez by someone not blown out of their mind on cheap drugs. 

Davis did not do himself proud with this - the mediocrity is astounding.
 
You mean this version then.
Listen out for the triangle near the end, I'm sure that's me - wait 6 minutes, paused then wait for it, wait for it - dinggggggg! It wasn't worth the wait! I want the tambereen next!
Could you please find a copy of the Concierto de Aranjuez by someone not blown out of their mind on cheap drugs. 

Davis did not do himself proud with this - the mediocrity is astounding.
 horstman wrote:


Yeah, WTF, I thought I was at my son's high school band concert.

Hey, down in back. That's my son playing!
 
Ditto.

I know it's a classic but...... 
MUTE!
 hippiechick wrote:
High school orchestra, tuning up!

https://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/site_furniture/2007/08/17/noisepollution460.jpg
 

Yeah, WTF, I thought I was at my son's high school band concert.

Hey, down in back. That's my son playing!
Beautiful...atmospheric...unique...dynamic...I mean, it's Miles, man...one of his best...hoping this opens up some folks ears...
Is it just me or does this remind anyone of their old school brass band - ie Mr Phelps in his brown cords getting very excited. OK, the trumpeting playing is better but....
no comment   -  10.
Wow, this is one of the most beautiful pieces of jazz, from the masterpiece Sketches of Spain. If it hurts your ears, that's messed up.

I can understand not liking jazz or some of the more challenging jazz pieces that are cacophonous or layered or intricate etc., but this is sheer beauty.

It's simply pretty no matter what genre.

This could not possibly 'hurt' your ears, and if you say it does you are engaging in hyperbole. You might not 'like' or understand it, but it is as pretty as a classical string quartet playing Handel or the Beatles.

this album is simply mesmiric.all the way 10...>
 hippiechick wrote:
High school orchestra, tuning up!

https://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/site_furniture/2007/08/17/noisepollution460.jpg
 


Honey, Miles Davis is pure cool...


Sorry, but this is like nails on a chalk board to me. Hate it!
 Johnny-smooth wrote:
Brilliant, one of Miles's finest, right up there with Kind of Blue
Hard to separate this out from the rest of the album, it is all one singular piece that flows beautifully, haunting
 

My exact sentiments