I am still trying to figure out the difference between Miles Davis’ last two songs on Kind Of Blue. They are entitled “Flamenco Sketches” then “Flamenco Sketches” (alternate take). I have listened to this album almost every day since April so I am concerned I have not made any connection as of yet. Now I do understand his album is a jazz instrumental and that he is most famous for his trumpet, but I just get the feeling of a saxophone taking the credit for this piece. I do understand he uses the piano quite often and some drums which gives most music this elegant touch.
I surely do not hate this piece. Unlike the other songs on Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis, I actually do have some mixed feelings hearing it. The mood changed too frequently for me to even grasp a feeling. As soon as I think one way it becomes interrupted by a high pitch note, which throws me off guard. It seems there was a purpose in the title, still unknown. Flamenco is a type of music itself, a genre generating from Spain. The music is usually upbeat, energetic giving a reason to dance. So what was is the relation with these two pieces with the actually meaning of the word?
A distraction is what I am getting to. If someone listens to this song or hears the title, I am pretty certain their first impression would not be the actual sound that is produced from Miles Davis. Representing flamenco would mean dance, shouting, and arms swinging of bright colors. Listening to this song it really is the complete opposite, leaving you what the title infers sketchy because you don’t understand what is really happening. Maybe because there are different artist on this track besides Mr. Davis that without research would not be known could be another leading hint to the mystery of the title. Pianist Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley play alongside in this unwritten melody. I am going to stick with my idea that it is just another musical sketch jazz piece, design for our own story behind it. I rate “Flamenco Sketches” a five.