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Arguably one of Miles Davis’ greatest collaborators, thanks to his arrangements on several landmark albums for the trumpeter, pianist Gil Evans steps out on his own on this fantastic 1961 collection. The expansive “La Nevada” is as good as anything from Davis’ Birth of the Cool, while the soulful “Where Flamingos Fly” is a gem that features stunning trombone work from Jimmy Knepper. It’s also a touchstone for jazz arrangers and large-band composers—and it sounds as fresh and current now as it did then.

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One of Gil Evans best albums without Miles

Clearly Gil's best work was all the projects he and Miles did together. This is his best work without him. "La Nevada" is fifteen minutes of relentless swing that sounds completely spontaneous. I've played the published chart and clearly it is just a roadmap to swing by. Bud Johnson contributes perhaps his very best recorded solo. Ted Curson fills in for Miles and well as any trumpet player ever has. Charlie Persip maintains the groove and builds to a climax that is one of the best recorded examples of how to swing. The forward motion of this tune is amazing. "Where Flamingos Fly" is a haunting feature for Charles Mingus' arranger and music director Jimmy Knepper on trombone. I first heard this recording on vinyl on my component stereo system when it was first released and it has really held up over time. HIGHLY recommended.

Out of the Cool

Great Album. A must have for any 'cool jazz' aficionado. Originally recorded in 1960 and released in 1961. Well worth buying for La Nevada and Stratusphunk, Also check out the follow-on, "Into the Hot."

A few good songs, but only a decent album.

Where Flamingos Fly is definitely the star of the album. Sister Sadie and Bilbo Song are also good songs, but I wouldn't suggest paying the extra 4 dollars for La Nevada and Stratusphunk.

Out of the Cool, The Gil Evans Orchestra
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