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Aura (Miles Davis album)

Studio album by Miles Davis
Released September 1989
Recorded January 31–February 4, 1985 at Easy Sound Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre Jazz fusion[1]
Length 66:59
Label Columbia
Producer Palle Mikkelborg
Miles Davis chronology

Aura is a Léonie Sonning Music Prize in December 1984, the year Decoy was released.[2][3][4]


  • Background 1
  • Reception 2
  • Track listing 3
  • Personnel 4
  • Production 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The main theme consists of 10 notes, yielded by the letters "M-I-L-E-S-D-A-V-I-S" (see Olivier Messiaen and Charles Ives.[7]

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.[8]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz favorable[9]
Allmusic [1]
PopMatters favorable[10]
Rolling Stone [11]
Virgin Encyclopedia [12]

Aura was well received by [1] Wes Long of PopMatters called Aura "ruthlessly inventive", an "ever-moody masterpiece", and "quite possibly the last monumental effort" from Davis.[10] Fred Kaplan of New York commented that the release emerged from an era of "mechanical rut" for Davis and called Aura "a jolting synthesis of jazz, rock, and Messiaen-influenced classical music that lit up a future path lamentably unfollowed."[13]

Bitches Brew album by Miles should be considered essential, this is the one. Pure magic from beginning to end."[9] Music critic Robert Christgau cited it as Davis' best release during the 1980s.[14] In The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), music journalist Paul Evans gave the album four-and-a-half out of five stars,[11] calling it "an adventurous and pointedly non-pop-oriented big-band suite".[15]

Track listing

All tracks composed and arranged by Palle Mikkelborg

  1. "Intro" – 4:48
  2. "White" – 6:07
  3. "Yellow" – 6:55
  4. "Orange" – 8:41
  5. "Red" – 6:05
  6. "Green" – 8:13
  7. "Blue" – 6:36
  8. "Electric Red" – 4:19
  9. "Indigo" – 6:06
  10. "Violet" – 9:04


  • Trumpet: Miles Davis
  • Trumpets and flugelhorns: Benny Rosenfeld, Idrees Sulieman, Jens Winther, Palle Bolvig, Perry Knudsen
  • Trombones: Jens Engel, Ture Larsen, Vincent Nilsson
  • Bass trombones: Ole Kurt Jensen, Axel Windfeld
  • Tuba: Axel Windfeld
  • Reeds, flute: Jesper Thilo, Per Carsten, Uffe Karskov, Bent Jædig, Flemming Madsen
  • Saxophones and woodwinds: Bent Jædig, Flemming Madsen, Jesper Thilo, Per Carsten, Uffe Karskov
  • Keyboards: Kenneth Knudsen, Ole Kock Hansen, Thomas Clausen
  • Guitars: Bjarne Roupé, John McLaughlin
  • Bass: Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
  • Fender bass and fretless bass: Bo Stief
  • Drums: Vincent Wilburn Jr., Lennart Gruvstedt
  • Electronic drums: Vincent Wilburn Jr.
  • Percussion: Ethan Weisgaard, Marilyn Mazur
  • Harp: Lillian Thornquist
  • Oboe and English horn: Niels Eje
  • Vocals: Eva Hess-Thaysen
  • Additional trumpet and flugelhorn: Palle Mikkelborg


  • Producer: Palle Mikkelborg
  • Engineers: Henrik Lund, Niels Erik Land


  1. ^ a b c d Allmusic review
  2. ^ A prestigious award, mostly given to classical composers and musicians; see official website. Miles Davis was the first non-classical musician to receive the prize, and was particularly happy to receive the prize when he learned that Igor Stravinsky was one of the earlier recipients.
  3. ^ Prior to the concert, Miles Davis was announced to only play for the last ten minutes of the suite. He eventually played for over 40 minutes, also playing Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman's "Time after Time" and his own "Jean Pierre."
  4. ^ According to Decoy was released in 1983.
  5. ^ It was during the Aura sessions that Davis became fascinated with Mazur's wide range of percussion talents, and he subsequently hired her for his touring band.
  6. ^ At the December 1984 concert, guitarist John Scofield — then member of Davis' touring band — was featured as guest.
  7. ^ The 10-note opening theme is played freely against a dissonant background chord in a manner reminiscent of Ives' "The Unanswered Question".
  8. ^ "Past Winners Search |". Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c  
  10. ^ a b Long, Wes. "Miles Davis: Aura".  
  11. ^ a b Evans et al. Brackett & Hoard (2004), p. 215.
  12. ^  
  13. ^  
  14. ^  
  15. ^ Evans et al. Brackett & Hoard (2004), p. 219.



External links

  • ? (2011). Aura"Miles Davis: ",
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