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One of jazz's most celebrated arrangers and composers, Gil Evans recorded for many labels during his 50-plus years in jazz. His Columbia and RCA periods were long and particularly fruitful ones because of the musicians he surrounded himself with. While it's true that his collaboration with Miles Davis is the most celebrated and well known, some of the other players who appeared on Evans' own records were Billy Harper, Jerome Richardson, Tony Williams, David Sanborn, Peter Gordon, Lee Konitz, Johnny Coles, Lew Soloff, Julius Watkins, Elvin Jones, Ryo Kawasaki, and dozens more. This 13-cut collection represents Evans' pioneering arrangements and interpretations of everything from standards (George Gershwin's "My Man's Gone Now," and the "King Porter Stomp") to his experiments with Davis in orchestral jazz, "Solea," "The Pan Piper," and "Miles Ahead," and finally pop music, most notably the music of Jimi Hendrix "Little Wing" and "Up from the Skies." These tracks offers a visionary look at Evans, and a veritable rainbow of colors, textures, harmonies, and dynamics embodied in one man that we are not likely to encounter again. For the price this sampler cannot be beat.

Biography

Born: 13 May 1912 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the most significant arrangers in jazz history, Gil Evans' three album-length collaborations with Miles Davis (Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain) are all considered classics. Evans had a lengthy and wide-ranging career that sometimes ran parallel to the trumpeter. Like Davis, Gil became involved in utilizing electronics in the '70s and preferred not to look back and re-create the past. He led his own band in California (1933-1938) which eventually became the backup group for...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 27 June 2008

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