Music from Siesta


Music from Siesta is a jazz album by Miles Davis and Marcus Miller, which was recorded in January and February 1987 and published in December 1987 by Warner Bros.. The album is the soundtrack to the film by Mary Lambert Siesta.


The album as a soundtrack for by the critics as " strange, confusing and sometimes downright ridiculous, full of absurd twists " verrissenen film Siesta, Grace Jones and Isabella Rossellini brought a Nomierung for the Razzie as worst supporting actress, was relatively successful.

After Davis had accepted the offer to create the music for the film, he sent Marcus Miller, a video tape of the film and a melody line as a model and assigned him to write the soundtrack. Miller needed two weeks to compose cope with these requirements, the music.

Marcus Miller managed on the album a contemporary electronic orchestration for Davis lyrical solos. Miller was based on the conventional production of pop albums, and took the music layer by layer in sequence, rather than to develop from the interaction of musicians in the studio. Miller played the piano on the album at first and then almost all other instruments, except for guest appearances by guitarists John Scofield and Earl Klugh, drummer Omar Hakim and the flutist James Walker. Miles Davis only came into the studio when the trumpet sounds were used. Since Miller did most of the creative work in the studio, sat by his manager that he was equally performed alongside Davis as the author. From the mood of the album reminds of Sketches of Spain and the collaboration of Davis with Gil Evans, which is dedicated the album.

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All music composed by Marcus Miller, except Theme for Augustine, the Miles Davis and Marcus Miller composed


1988 it was in the > weekly press < on the album: " Siesta is no film music in the traditional sense, not a superficial use of music, nothing for the way, only listening. Siesta unfolds without the moving pictures. "

Scott Yanow rated the album at Allmusic with three out of five stars and wrote:

"Dedicated to arranger Gil Evans, the music is greatly Influenced by his style. [ ... ]. This was the first of several instances in Which Miles Davis, in the twilight of his life, returned to his roots. "

" The arranger Gil Evans dedicated the music is strongly influenced by his style. [ ... ]. This was the first of several instances in which Miles Davis returned to his old age to his roots. "

Richard Cook and Brian Morton draw the album in The Penguin Guide to Jazz with three ( out of four) stars. For Cook / Morton, the soundtrack is a tighter, more focused and resourceful project richer than it was, even though you clear the " blutorangene fullness of orchestration of Gil Evans ' miss Sketches of Spain ( 1960). The album was " appealing abstract, albeit a little mediocre; but we both after each hearing it a better opinion. "