Gil Evans
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1912-05-13
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Gil Evans Biography (BBC)

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.

Gil Evans Biography (Wikipedia)

Ian Ernest Gilmore "Gil" Evans (born Green; May 13, 1912 – March 20, 1988) was a Canadian jazz pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader. He played an important role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz and jazz fusion, and collaborated extensively with Miles Davis.

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Gil Evans Tracks

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George Gershwin
Summertime
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Summertime
Ahmad Jamal
New Rhumba (Big Band)
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New Rhumba (Big Band)
Miles Davis
Solea
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Solea
Miles Davis
The Pan Piper
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The Pan Piper
Miles Davis
Saeta
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Saeta
Miles Davis & Gil Evans
The Duke
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The Duke
Gil Evans
Bess You Is My Woman Now (master take)
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Bess You Is My Woman Now (master take)
Miles Davis
Summertime
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Summertime
Miles Davis
Blues For Pablo
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Blues For Pablo
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

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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
Mike Gibbs + Twelve & Gil Evans
Las Vegas Tango
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Las Vegas Tango
Gil Evans
The Pan Piper (from Sketches of Spain)
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The Pan Piper (from Sketches of Spain)
Miles Davis
Bess, You Is My Woman Now
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Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Gil Evans
There Comes A Time
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There Comes A Time
Playlists featuring Gil Evans
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Mark Radcliffe: 'As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning'
Mark Radcliffe: 'As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning'


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