The complete original album Sketches of Spain, the third collaboration between Miles Davis and Gil Evans (following Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess). As a bonus to this masterpiece, we have included three other tunes previously recorded by Miles, on which the Spanish feeling is also evident and which, in a sense, foreshadow the making of Sketches of Spain. Includes 24-page booklet. Prior to making this album, Miles had just disbanded his working sextet with John Coltrane, Julian Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb, with which he had recorded the classic album Kind of Blue in mid-1959. On that album, he had included Flamenco Sketches , a Spanish-inspired original tune which, in a way, foreshadowed the making of the present album (it is included here as a bonus). Chambers and Cobb play on the Sketches of Spain sessions (there is no pianist), and both musician would remain with Miles after the sextet was disbanded. Coltrane would rejoin them for a European tour in March 1960 (with Wynton Kelly on piano), and the same quintet (with Sonny Stitt replacing Coltrane), would tour Europe again in September and October 1960. Two more Spanish tunes had been included by Miles and Gil Evans on Miles Ahead in 1957 ( Blues for Pablo and The Maids of Cadiz , which have also been included here as bonus tracks; the other bonus track is Song of Our Country , the only Evans arrangement from the Sketches of Spain sessions that was left off of the original album). Therefore, it is possible that Sketches of Spain was the culmination of something that had been in Miles head for a while. In any case, the trumpeter stated in his autobiography that the whole thing came out of listening to Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo.