Gil Evans
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1912-05-13
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Biography

One of the most unorthodox and revolutionary arrangers in jazz, Gil Evans explored orchestral colour and texture with extraordinary skill, frequently using just a handful of instruments to create the illusion of much larger forces, and introducing the timbres of ...

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One of the most unorthodox and revolutionary arrangers in jazz, Gil Evans explored orchestral colour and texture with extraordinary skill, frequently using just a handful of instruments to create the illusion of much larger forces, and introducing the timbres of French horn and orchestral tuba to the big band brass section.

His itinerant background took him from Canada to California, where he led his own bands in the 1930s. In the 1940s he joined Claude Thornhill's orchestra, and in writing for it combined his interest in European impressionist composers with the newly emergent sounds of bebop.

This was the background for his first important collaboration with Miles Davis in 1948-50, which became known as Birth of the Cool. On this album, Evans arranged such pieces as Boplicity for a nonet, but in the mid-50s he was reunited with Davis on a series of projects for trumpet solo and big band.

These are Evans's most celebrated works, and the best-known are the three albums Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain, the last-named dating from 1960. During this time he made some of his own big band discs, and in the 1960s and 1970s he led several of his own line-ups, eventually ending up with a regular Monday night band in New York that he led through the 1980s until his death.

In these he added electronic instruments, and as well as producing a stream of original compositions, arranged music by Jimi Hendrix and Charles Mingus, among others. The band continued after his death under the leadership of his son, Miles Evans.



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Saeta
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Saeta Saeta Saeta Saeta
Gil Evans & Miles Davis
Bess You Is My Woman Now (master take)
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Bess You Is My Woman Now (master take) Bess You Is My Woman Now (master take) Bess You Is My Woman Now (master take) Bess You Is My Woman Now (master take)
Miles Davis
Solea
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Solea Solea Solea Solea
Gil Evans
Angel
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Angel Angel Angel Angel
Gil Evans
Davenport Blues
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Davenport Blues Davenport Blues Davenport Blues Davenport Blues
Miles Davis
Summertime
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Summertime Summertime Summertime Summertime
Miles Davis
Blues For Pablo
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Blues For Pablo Blues For Pablo Blues For Pablo Blues For Pablo
Gil Evans & Johnny Coles
Sunken Treasure
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Sunken Treasure Sunken Treasure Sunken Treasure Sunken Treasure
Gil Evans
Thoroughbred
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Thoroughbred Thoroughbred Thoroughbred Thoroughbred
Miles Davis
Springsville
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Springsville Springsville Springsville Springsville
Bill Lavorgna, Samuel T. Brown, Gil Evans, Gary Burton, Richard Tee, Steve Swallow, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Jerry Hahn & Eric Gale
Las Vegas Tango
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Las Vegas Tango Las Vegas Tango Las Vegas Tango Las Vegas Tango

Las Vegas Tango

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Bill Lavorgna, Samuel T. Brown, Gil Evans, Gary Burton, Richard Tee, Steve Swallow, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Jerry Hahn & Eric Gale
Gil Evans
Summertime
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Summertime Summertime Summertime Summertime
Gil Evans
Eleven
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Eleven Eleven Eleven Eleven
Mike Gibbs + Twelve & Gil Evans
Las Vegas Tango
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Las Vegas Tango Las Vegas Tango Las Vegas Tango Las Vegas Tango
Miles Davis
The Pan Piper
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The Pan Piper The Pan Piper The Pan Piper The Pan Piper
Gil Evans
The Pan Piper (from Sketches of Spain)
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The Pan Piper (from Sketches of Spain) The Pan Piper (from Sketches of Spain) The Pan Piper (from Sketches of Spain) The Pan Piper (from Sketches of Spain)
Gil Evans & Gil Evans
King Porter Stomp
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King Porter Stomp King Porter Stomp King Porter Stomp King Porter Stomp
Gil Evans
The Barbara Song
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The Barbara Song The Barbara Song The Barbara Song The Barbara Song
Gil Evans
Murder by Numbers
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Murder by Numbers Murder by Numbers Murder by Numbers Murder by Numbers
Gil Evans
Sunken Treasure
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Sunken Treasure Sunken Treasure Sunken Treasure Sunken Treasure
Gil Evans
Struttin' with Some Barbecue
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Struttin' with Some Barbecue Struttin' with Some Barbecue Struttin' with Some Barbecue Struttin' with Some Barbecue
Gil Evans
Straight No Chaser
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Straight No Chaser Straight No Chaser Straight No Chaser Straight No Chaser
Gil Evans
Joy Spring
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Joy Spring Joy Spring Joy Spring Joy Spring
Miles Davis
Bess, You Is My Woman Now
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Bess, You Is My Woman Now Bess, You Is My Woman Now Bess, You Is My Woman Now Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Gil Evans, Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arab Dance
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Arab Dance Arab Dance Arab Dance Arab Dance
Gil Evans
Gypsy Eyes
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Gypsy Eyes Gypsy Eyes Gypsy Eyes Gypsy Eyes
Gil Evans
Sister Sadie
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Sister Sadie Sister Sadie Sister Sadie Sister Sadie
Gil Evans
Ella Speed
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Ella Speed Ella Speed Ella Speed Ella Speed
Gil Evans
Priestess
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Priestess Priestess Priestess Priestess
Gil Evans
There Comes A Time
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There Comes A Time There Comes A Time There Comes A Time There Comes A Time
Gil Evans
Prince of Darkness
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Prince of Darkness Prince of Darkness Prince of Darkness Prince of Darkness
Gil Evans
Happy Birthday
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Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Happy Birthday
Gil Evans
Where Flamingos Fly
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Where Flamingos Fly Where Flamingos Fly Where Flamingos Fly Where Flamingos Fly
Gil Evans
La Nevada
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La Nevada La Nevada La Nevada La Nevada
Gil Evans
Blues In Orbit
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Blues In Orbit Blues In Orbit Blues In Orbit Blues In Orbit
Gil Evans
Las Vegas Tango
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Las Vegas Tango Las Vegas Tango Las Vegas Tango Las Vegas Tango
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