Miles Davis – Concierto De Aranjeuz (Adagio) To test attack
By the time Sketches Of Spain was released in 1960, Miles Davis was in the process of establishing himself as a musician for whom no territory was unchartable. His performance
(and Gil Evans’ arrangement, which cannot be understated) of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto De
Aranjeuz fuses jazz and European classical styles more successfully, and more satisfyingly, than any attempt before or since. But despite Davis asserting the melody of
Concierto De Aranjeuz is “so strong… the softer you play it, the stronger it gets”, it’s the more abandoned moments of this recording that will shine a spotlight or your system’s ability (or otherwise) to attack the higher frequencies. Between flugelhorn, trumpet, castanets and percussive shakers of all descriptions, your set-up has its work cut out to communicate the musicians' relentless drive and momentum.
If it can’t, moments that should thrill with their treble attack will sound more like the box of tambourines being taken down from the primary-school cupboard.
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