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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Gil Evans Orchestra - New Bottle Old Wine (featuring Cannonball Adderley)

(World Pacific (USA) Monaural LP WP - 1246, recorded 1958)

A wonderful updating of some jazz classics by Gil Evans and his orchestra featuring the alto saxophone of Julian Cannonball' Adderley, who was just rising to prominence at the time of this collaboration. Also featured in the 13 piece orchestra are Paul Chambers, bass, and Art Blakey, drums, while Gil Evans, as well as arranging, played piano. The tunes run the gamut of jazz, from the early days ("St. Louis Blues", "King Porter Stomp", WiIlow Tree", "Struttin' With Some Barbecue") and on into the modern era, beginning with Lester Young's "Lester Leaps In", then Monk's "'Round Midnight", Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca!", and ending with Charlie Parker's "Bird Feathers".

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