358 Sketches of Spain

Jazz isn’t a musical genre that I pay much attention to. I just didn’t grow up around it. Dad listened to classical and NPR and Mom listened to country music. I escaped the country music but still enjoy the classical. But jazz never got mixed in. I mostly associate Miles Davis as a trumpet player in the jazz world. Other than that, I don’t know much about him or his genre.

Rolling Stone says Sketches of Spain “wasn’t an attempt to play Spanish music but to suggest it.” It was recorded between November 1959 and March 1960. I’ve read that it is regarded as an “exemplary recording of Third Stream, a musical fusion of jazz, European classical and styles from world music.” The album won the 1961 Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition. The original recording contains five songs with a 46 minute running time (two of the track are 15+ minutes). There is a 1997 reissue that contains three bonus tracks (I only listened to the original recording).

It seems there are/were some suggestions that the album isn’t jazz. Davis’ reply to this was, “it’s music, and I like it.” Me, too.

Columbia, 1960

Columbia, 1960