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The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, celebrating its upcoming tenth anniversary year, releases its second full-length album, Sketches Of Spain [Revisited], an orchestral transformation of the 1960 iconic original by Miles Davis and Gil Evans. For this reinterpretation of the 1960 classic recording, CJP artistic director and composer Orbert Davis created two new compositions, incorporated traditional African and Middle Eastern instruments, and made numerous modifications in ensemble orchestration. The result is an intimate yet powerful performance that transports the listener to a different world.
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Orbert Davis explores 'Chicago Immigrant Stories' / Chicago Tribune
Jazz long has been at the forefront of social change in America. So perhaps it should have come as no surprise that when Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis learned of President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees from predominantly Muslim countries, Davis had to protest. He did so on Facebook by "talking about my musical friends," remembers the musician. "I have friends who were the first to ...
Orbert Davis & Chicago JPCE - Sketches of Spain / Chicago Tribune review
Chicago jazz musicians have been creating exotic worlds of sound on record during the past several months, and a few stand out for inventiveness and originality. Chicago Tribune A/E&M writer Howard Reich reviewed the latest CD from Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble. A new version of the Miles Davis/Gil Evans Classic: Sketches of Spain. No one in Americ...
Orbert Davis - Sketches of Spain / Classical Candor review
In 1959-60 jazz great Miles Davis and arranger/composer Gil Evans made an unusual album for the day titled Sketches of Spain. Combining jazz, classical, and world music, the album confused some of Davis's fans, with many critics of the time claiming it wasn't jazz at all. Yet the recording went on to become one of the best-selling "jazz" albums of all time. Davis merely said, "It's music, and...
Orbert Davis - Sketches of Spain / Audiophile Audition review
The first of this pair of reconceptualizations of classic works of the past is an orchestral transformation of the 1960 Columbia recording by Miles and Gil Evans which used music of Rodrigo and others. There have been a number of re-dos of that great album, including one of much of it by Miles himself shortly before his death. The trumpeter, composer and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Philha...
Orbert Davis - Sketches of Spain / AXS review
There was a lyric from a Three Dog Night song that said; I've never been to Spain, but I kinda like the music. On their latest CD, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic under the direction of conductor/trumpeter Orbert Davis takes us on a musical journey through Spain. This project Sketches of Spain is based on the classic recording by trumpeter Miles Davis and Gil Evans. The music was composed, adapted and ...