Brilliant Sketches: Nicholas Payton


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The brilliant Miles Davis recording Sketches of Spain turned 50 in 2009 and on behalf of Legacy Recordings, who reissued a special collector's edition CD that same year, I produced a podcast series celebrating this masterpiece. For this series it was important to find artists who could speak with authority, not only about the impact of Miles' playing at that time but also about Gil Evans, the recording itself and the album's huge influence on the music. Our cast of experts include trumpeter Nicholas Payton, trumpeter and music legend Herb Alpert and bassist and Miles collaborator Marcus Miller. Due to changes within Legacy at the time these were pieces completed, they got lost in the shuffle and were never released. Finally, with the help of a few colleagues over there, we proudly present these amazing sketches of Sketches to you.

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