Sketches of Spain is an album by Miles Davis, recorded between November 1959 and March 1960 at the Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City.
The album pairs Davis with arranger and composer Gil Evans, with whom he had collaborated on several other projects, on a program of compositions largely derived from the Spanish folk tradition. An extended version of the second movement of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez is also included, as well as a song called "Will o' the Wisp", from the ballet El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla.
Sketches of Spain is considered by fans and critics alike, to be one of the most accessible albums of Davis's career. Less improvisational than much of his other work, some of Davis' contemporaries suggested that Sketches of Spain was something other than jazz. Davis replied (according to Rolling Stone magazine), "It's music, and I like it".
The Rolling Stone Album Guide calls it "a work of unparalleled grace and lyricisim."
In 2003, the album was ranked number 356 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
In alphabetical order (Note: this list actually encompasses the total musicians used on several sessions in late 1959 and early