Multi-note motifs, brief improvisational solos, fanfare sweeps, and contrapuntal exchanges inform the flamenco-spiced pieces, but so do unconventionally voiced instruments that come into full relief on this reissue. Davis' Harmon-muted trumpet is abetted by an assortment of bassoons and French horns that create pleasing contrasts and sounds (pp, mf, ppp) that get to the heart of Sketches of Spain: splashes of color. Seldom, if ever, did Davis ever so expressively and liberally paint with color. And in Evans, he has a likewise-minded partner to help draw out variegated shades, adamantine layers, and striated distinctions.
Whether it's the somber mood piece of the standout "Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)," renowned for Davis' flugelhorn performance, or the folktale-based "Solea," Mobile Fidelity's enhanced Sketches of Spain
transfixes with playing, ideas, and innovations that remain exclusive to this incomparable record.
- Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
- Will O' the Wisp
- The Pan Piper