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Gil Evans

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 12 May 2013

To Miles Davis, Gil Evans was "hipper than hip", a profoundly original arranger-composer whose sumptuous impressionism influenced the whole of post-war jazz. Geoffrey Smith picks some personal favourites from the rich array of Evans's work, including his classic collaborations with Davis and the evocative masterpieces he created under his own name.

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11 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong No One Else But You

    Composer: Redman Performers: Louis Armstrong, t; Fred Robinson, tb; Don Redman, cl, as, a; Earl Hines, p; Dave Wilborn, bj, g; Zutty Singleton, d. 5 December 1928

    Louis Armstrong: Hot Fives and Sevens Volume 3, JSP Records, JSPCD 314; Tr. 14 (1.50, extract

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    Duke Ellington Chelsea Bridge

    Composer: Strayhorn Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Wallace Jones, Ray Nance, t; Rex Stewart, c; Tricky Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown, tb; Juan Tizol, valve tb; Barney Bigard, cl; Johnny Hodges, as, ss, cl; Harry Carney, bs, cl, as; Otto Hardwick, as, bs; Ben Webster, ts; Billy Strayhorn, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d; Herb Jeffries, v. Webster, Tizol 2 December 1941

    Duke Ellington: The Blanton-Webster Band, RCA, 74321 13181 2. D3; Tr.6 (0.38, e

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    Claude Thornhill Sorta Kinda

    Composer: Young Performers: Red Rodney, Emil Terry, Ed Zandy, t; Tak Takvorian, Allan Langstaff, tb; Walter Weschler, Sandy Sieglestein, frh; Bill Barber, tu; possibly James Genus, Victor Harris, Ed Stang, pic, fl; Danny Polo, cl, as; Lee Konitz, as; Bill Glover, fl, as; Mickey Folus, bs, cl, ts; Mario Rollo, clt, ts; Bill Bushey, cl, bcl, bs; Claude Thornhill, p; Barry Galbraith, g; Joe Schulman, b; Billy Exner, d. Fran Warren, Gene Williams, v; Gil Evans, arr. 4 September 1947

    Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra: 1946 – 47 Performances Vol.2, Hep Records, HEP CD 74 Tr. 8 (2.44)

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    Claude Thornhill Yardbird Suite

    Composer: Parker Performers: Louis Mucci, Red Rodney, Ed Zandy, t; Tak Takvorian, Allan Langstaff, tb; Walter Weschler, Sandy Sieglestein, frh; Bill Barber, tu; possibly James Genus, Victor Harris, Ed Stang, pic, fl; Danny Polo, cl, as; Lee Konitz, as; Bill Glover, as; Mickey Folus, bs, cl, ts; Mario Rollo, clt, ts; Bill Bushey, cl, bcl, bs; Claude Thornhill, p; Barry Galbraith, g; Joe Schulman, b; Billy Exner, d. Fran Warren, Gene Williams, v; 17 December 1947

    Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra: 1946 – 47 Performances Vol.2, Hep Records, HEP CD 74. Tr. 21 (3.19)

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    Miles Davis Moon Dreams

    Composer: MacGregor, Mercer Performers: Miles Davis, t; J.J. Johnson, tb; Gunther Schuller, frh; Bill Barber, tu; Lee Konitz, as; Gerry Mulligan, bs; Al McKibbon, b; Max Roach, d. Bill Evans, arr. 9 March 1950

    Birth of Cool, Capitol Records, 7243 5 30117 2 7 Tr.3 (3.18)

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    Miles Davis My Ship

    Composer: Gershwin, Weill Performers: Miles Davis, t, flugelhorn; Gil Evans, arr, cond; Lee Konitz, as; Taff Jordan, Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, John Carisi, Louis Mucci, t; Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak, Joe Barrett, tb; Tom Mitchell, btb; Willie Ruff, Toby Miranda, Jimmy Buffington, frh; Bill Barber, tu; Romeo Penque, Sid Cooper, Eddie Caine, fl, cl; Danny Bank, bcl; Paul chambers, b; Art Taylor, d. Recorded between 6th May – 22nd August 1957

    Miles Davis: Four Classic Albums, Avid, AMSC1081. D1, Tr. 4 (4.27)

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    Miles Davis Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)

    Composer: Gershwin, Heyward Performers: Miles Davis, t, flugelhorn; Gil Evans, arr, cond; Julian Adderley, as; Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, t; Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak, Joe Bennett, tb; Dick Hixon, btb; Willie Ruff, Gunther Schiller, Julius Watkins, frh; Bill Barber, tu; Jerome Richardson, fl; Romeo Penque, Phil Bodner, fl, afl, cl; Danny Bank, afl, bcl; Paul Chambers, b Jimmy Cobb, d. July/August 1958

    Four Classic Albums, Avid, AMSC 1081. D2, Tr. 7 (4.38)

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    Gil Evans Struttin' with Some Barbecue

    Composer: Armstrong Performers: Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal t; Joe Bennett, Frank Rehak, Tom Mitchell, tb; Julius Watkins, frh; Bill Barber, tu; Phil Boaner, reeds; Cannonball Adderley, as; Gil Evans, p; Chuck Wayne, g; Paul Chambers, b; Art Blakey, d. 21 May 1958

    Gil Evans: Four Classic Albums, Avid, AMSC 1077; D1, Tr.4 (4.33)

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    Gil Evans Sunken Treasure

    Composer: Evans Performers: John Coles, Phil Sunkel, t; Jimmy Knepper, Keg Johnson, tb; Tony Studd, btb; Eddie Caine, as, fl, picc; Budd Johnson, ts, ss; Bob Tricarico, bassoon, fl, picc; Gil Evans, p; Ray Crawford, g; Ron Carter, b; Bill Barber, tu; Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, perc. November/December 1980

    Gil Evans: Four Classic Albums, Avid, AMSC 1077. D2, Tr.5 (4.16)

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    Gil Evans Murder by Numbers

    Composer: Sumner Performers: Gil Evans, p, dir; Lew Soloff, Palle Mikkelborg, Miles Evans, t; Dave Bargeron, tb; Dave Taylor, b; John Clark, frh; Steve Lacy, ss; Chris Hunter, as; Don Weller, ts; George Adams, ts, fl; John Surman, bs, bcl; Hiram Bullock, g; Delmar Brown : keyboards; Mark Egan, b; Danny Gottlieb, d; Anita Evans, Airto Moreira, perc. Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon 1987

    BBC Jazz Legends: Gil Evans, BBC Legends, BBCJ70072 Tr.5 (9.50)

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    Gil Evans The Barbara Song

    Composer: Weill, Brecht Performers: Frank Rehak, tb; Ray Alonge, Julius Watkins, frh; Bill Barber, tu; Wayne Shorter, Al Block, Andy Fitzgerald, George Marge, Bob Tricarico, reeds and woodwinds; Bob Maxwell, harp; Gary Peacock, b; Elvin Jones, d. 9 July 1964

    The Individualism of Gil Evans, Verve, 8338042 (1); Tr. 2 (9.57)

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