The Siesta soundtrack album is often overlooked, which is a shame, because it features a lot of good music and some of Miles’s best playing in the decade. Created almost single-handedly by Marcus Miller (with help from programmer Jason Miles) over a frantic two-week period, Siesta is often called “The Sketches of Spain of the 1980s,” although Miller uses electronic instruments for his orchestral compositions. Miles plays a lot of the music with open horn and conveys much emotion. Something of a quiet classic, Siesta deserves a much wider hearing.
Excerpt from The Last Miles:
Siesta: Engineer Steven Strassman recalling an incident in the studio with Miles
“Miles suggested we take a walk. We would occasionally hear sounds from other studios coming through the wall and he’d ask who it was. I remember us walking into a Metallica session and we were standing in the back of the control room and the music is super-loud. Miles leaned over to me and screamed in my ear ‘these guys really suck!” I couldn’t hear him and so he repeated what he said – just as the music stopped!”