Let's talk about Gil Evans

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I have no trouble believing all that stuff is great. I need to dive in.

Matos W.K., Thursday, 13 August 2009 01:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

feel free to be bewildered by THIS record. cuz it's three tracks written by John Carisi, and arranged and conducted BY John Carisi, and three tracks written by Cecil Taylor, arranged and conducted BY Cecil Taylor(!!!). and it's a great record! and archie shepp completists need it.

scott seward, Thursday, 13 August 2009 02:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't own a copy of this and i really need one. i always forget to check ebay for copies. i'll get one eventually.

scott seward, Thursday, 13 August 2009 02:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm not the biggest bossa nova baby in the world, but i was really enjoying this album in the store this week. i have a soft spot for astrud.

scott seward, Thursday, 13 August 2009 02:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Gil Evans singlehandedly responsible for dominant orchestral soundtrack sound of 60s and 70s TV

I'd argue Shorty Rogers for this point (especially since Shorty gave Mancini his break), but I'm big on a Gil Evans/George Russell/Bill Evans kick, these days.

PappaWheelie V, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 05:23 (six years ago) Permalink

love this

the legendary sirius trixon (m coleman), Tuesday, 17 August 2010 15:03 (six years ago) Permalink

ooh i should get that.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 18:33 (six years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

This sounds like it could be good:
The Gil Evans Centennial Project: Newly-discovered works of Gil Evans

Brad C., Friday, 11 March 2011 21:35 (six years ago) Permalink


The first time I heard Out Of The Cool it was one of those epiphanies. It's still a constant touchstone in my head for a certain timbral environment that I wish more records visited. The only other Gil I have which hits the same feel for me is Individualism. But it sounds like I need to hear those two Pacific Jazz LPs. Some of the 70s and 80s Gil is a little fonky for me.

Later on I found some of the same feel in the orchestral work of Delius; it was neat then to read somewhere that Gil was a Delius freak...

I love Du but I've chosen Balloon Guy (Jon Lewis), Friday, 11 March 2011 22:34 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Happy 100th birthday, Gil Evans.

Here's a review of the Centennial album.

Brad C., Sunday, 13 May 2012 19:18 (four years ago) Permalink

happy b-day. this is pretty groovy. kind of coming around on gil's hendrix album, did not like it much at all when i first heard it, but now i'm digging it.

tylerw, Sunday, 13 May 2012 19:53 (four years ago) Permalink

ooh and here's a whole show from the 70s too

pretty killer band. too bad that miles and evans didn't do a little more work together in the 70s -- would've been interesting to see how Gil would deal with, say, the Agharta band.

tylerw, Sunday, 13 May 2012 20:05 (four years ago) Permalink

gil did work with miles on a lot of miles' 70's stuff. even though it was often uncredited.

scott seward, Monday, 14 May 2012 00:01 (four years ago) Permalink

oh yeah? what stuff? i know they were in touch all the time during those years and probably bounced plenty of ideas off one another, but i didn't know there are actual tracks on miles' albums that evans arranged.

tylerw, Monday, 14 May 2012 01:31 (four years ago) Permalink

That Barcelona video is great! I wonder what year that is?

Brad C., Monday, 14 May 2012 02:02 (four years ago) Permalink


Brad C., Monday, 14 May 2012 02:09 (four years ago) Permalink

any idea who the guitarist is in that Barcelona clip?

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Monday, 14 May 2012 02:15 (four years ago) Permalink

"oh yeah? what stuff?"

there is a great book on gil that details some of this. basically, miles ALWAYS wanted gil's input on just about anything he did and gil worked with him on lots of his albums in the studio and also helped him with writing. there are people who think miles should have given gil more writing/arranging/production credits than he did but gil didn't really care. he helped miles with his music until the very end. he was there for him no matter what. money or no money.

scott seward, Monday, 14 May 2012 02:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Gil Evans : out of the cool : his life and music / Stephanie Stein Crease <-- I need a copy of this

I think it's this book that describes Miles and Gil having lengthy phone conversations during which all they did was watch TV together

Brad C., Monday, 14 May 2012 02:45 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

any excuse to bump this thread

Maria Schneider Selects 12 Essential Gil Evans Tracks

Spotify playlist of her picks

Brad C., Monday, 2 September 2013 15:08 (three years ago) Permalink

the thornhill stuff is so great.

scott seward, Monday, 2 September 2013 15:28 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm enjoying the Thornhill and "Birth of the Cool" arrangements on here:

Brad C., Monday, 2 September 2013 18:20 (three years ago) Permalink

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