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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Gil Evans Orchestra - The Individualism Of Gil Evans

(Verve (USA) Stereo LP V6-8555, recorded 1963 - '64)

After the success of his Impulse album "Out Of The Cool" in 1961 (see my other listings), Gil Evans took a break from his recording activities to recharge his batteries. This album marked his return to music, and what a great album he's produced here. All but one track are written by Evans. That one, "The Barbara Song", is by Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht. Many of the same musicians appear here as on the earlier album, such as Elvin Jones, drums, Bill Barber, tuba, Tony Studd, bass trombone, and Bob Tricarico, bassoon, flute and piccolo, all part of the Evans sound, but that sound really depends on his unique arranging skills, honed in the service of Claude Thornhill's orchestra in the 1940s.

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