Aura saw Miles team up with Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg to create one of his finest works of the decade. An orchestral work featuring the Danish Radio Big Band, Aura is composed of ten movements that encompass everything from blues to funk to reggae. John McLaughlin guests on several tunes and Miles shows himself to be in fine lip, playing with much power, range and expression.
Excerpt from The Last Miles:
Aura: Palle Mikkelborg on how he worked with Miles
“Miles more or less guided us. He used his intuition – which was the biggest lesson I took from him – he could immediately say ‘I like that, I don’t want it.’ Even though I don’t think he ever studied the score, he captured the atmosphere of the piece. He was very sweet. He’d say things like ‘I have nothing against saxophones but I’m not sure I like them so much in groups.’ In other words, ‘take that part out’. He was very careful about what he said. I knew what he could be like but he was very sweet to us.”