Miles Davis ‎– Aura

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Aura is a concept album by Miles Davis, produced by Palle Mikkelborg, released in 1989. All compositions and arrangements are by Danish composer/trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, who created the suite in tribute to Miles Davis when Davis received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in December 1984, the year Decoy was released.

The main theme consists of 10 notes, yielded by the letters "M-I-L-E-S-D-A-V-I-S" (see "BACH motif", and Schoenberg hexachord "EsCHBEG"). It is introduced at the beginning over a sustained chord of these same notes. The following 9 movements of the suite represent the colours Mikkelborg sees in Miles's aura.

The music is scored for an extended jazz big band, and the core of the band is formed by the Danish Radio's Big Band, featuring Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Thomas Clausen and Marilyn Mazur. Notable international guests such as John McLaughlin and Davis' nephew Vince Wilburn are featured during the recordings. They took place in Copenhagen in 1985 at Davis' own initiative, as he had been very honored and satisfied with the suite. It was the first time Miles Davis recorded with a big band for over 20 years. Aura, however, is not a conventional big band jazz album. The music is perhaps best categorized as fusion jazz with a strong flavor of modern classical music, as many of the orchestral passages reveal Mikkelborg's inspiration from composers like Olivier Messiaen and Charles Ives.

Although the album was recorded at Easy Sound Studios in Copenhagen in 1985, contractual issues delayed its release until 1989. The album won a Grammy Award in 1990 for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance.

Tracklist

Intro 4:25
White 6:02
Yellow 6:45
Orange 8:34
Red 9:56
Green 4:20
Blue 6:33
Electric Red 4:16
Indigo 5:58
Violet 9:01

Versions (25)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CK 45332 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album) Columbia CK 45332 US 1989 Sell This Version
463351 1 Miles Davis Aura(2xLP, Album) CBS 463351 1 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
c2x 45332 Miles Davis Aura(2xLP, Album) CBS c2x 45332 US 1989 Sell This Version
463351 1 Miles Davis Aura(2xLP, Album) CBS 463351 1 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
463351 1 Miles Davis Aura(2xLP, Album) CBS 463351 1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
C2x 45332, C 45080, C 45081 Miles Davis Aura(2xLP, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia C2x 45332, C 45080, C 45081 US 1989 Sell This Version
463351 2 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album) CBS 463351 2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
463351 2 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album) CBS 463351 2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CTX 45332, TX45332 Miles Davis Aura(Cass, Album) CBS, CBS CTX 45332, TX45332 US 1989 Sell This Version
463351 4 Miles Davis Aura(Cass, Album) CBS 463351 4 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CTX-45332 Miles Davis Aura(Cass, Album, Dol) Columbia CTX-45332 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
463351 2 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, CBS 463351 2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
SRCS 5728 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, RE) Sony Records SRCS 5728 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
SRCS 9327 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Sony Records SRCS 9327 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
CK 63962 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, RE) Columbia CK 63962 US 2000 Sell This Version
CK 63962, 0639622000 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 63962, 0639622000 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
CK 63962, 0639622000 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 63962, 0639622000 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
CK 63962, 0639622000 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Columbia (2), Legacy CK 63962, 0639622000 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
SRCS 9743 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, Pap) SME Records SRCS 9743 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
SICP-852 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Sony Records Int'l SICP-852 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
SICJ 88 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) Sony Records Int'l SICJ 88 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
463351 2 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, CBS 463351 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CK 45332 Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, RE) Columbia CK 45332 US Unknown Sell This Version
none Miles Davis Aura(CD, Album, Unofficial) Limited Edition (5) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
035 Miles Davis Aura(Cass, Album, Unofficial) F&R 035 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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January 19, 2019
referencing Aura, CD, Album, CK 45332
Not the easiest one to listen too it has its moments of sheer power and menace.