Gil Evans
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1912-05-13
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Gil Evans

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 Evans (born Green; May 13, 1912 – March 20, 1988) was a Canadian jazz pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest orchestrators in jazz, playing an important role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz, and jazz fusion. He is best known for his acclaimed collaborations with Miles Davis.

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The Pan Piper
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The Pan Piper

The Pan Piper

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Unknown Studio Orchestra
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Gil Evans
Ella Speed
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Ella Speed
George Gershwin
Summertime
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Summertime
Gil Evans
Struttin' with Some Barbecue
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Struttin' with Some Barbecue
Miles Davis
The Pan Piper
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The Pan Piper
Gil Evans
Barry's Tune
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Barry's Tune

Barry's Tune

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Gil Evans
Las Vegas Tango
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Las Vegas Tango
Joaquín Rodrigo
Concierto de Aranjuez (2nd mvt)
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Concierto de Aranjuez (2nd mvt)

Concierto de Aranjuez (2nd mvt)

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Jazz Orchestra
Gil Evans
Priestess
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Priestess
George Gershwin
Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
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Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
Miles Davis
My Ship
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My Ship
Gil Evans
Bird Feathers
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Bird Feathers
Miles Davis
Blues For Pablo
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Blues For Pablo
George Gershwin
Summertime
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Summertime

Summertime

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Concierto de Aranjuez
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Concierto de Aranjuez
Gil Evans
Joy Spring
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Joy Spring
Gil Evans
Davenport Blues
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Davenport Blues
Miles Davis
Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
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Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
Gil Evans
Sunken Treasure
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Sunken Treasure
Gil Evans
St Louis Blues
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St Louis Blues
Miles Davis
Concierto de Aranjuez Part 2 (alternate take)
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Concierto de Aranjuez Part 2 (alternate take)
Joaquín Rodrigo
Concierto de Aranjuez (excerpt)
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Concierto de Aranjuez (excerpt)
Miles Davis
Bess, You Is My Woman Now
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Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Gil Evans
Cross Town Traffic
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Cross Town Traffic
Joaquín Rodrigo
Concierto de Aranjuez
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Concierto de Aranjuez
Gil Evans
Struttin With Some barbecue
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Struttin With Some barbecue
Miles Davis
Saeta
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Saeta
Miles Davis
Once Upon A Summertime
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Once Upon A Summertime
Ahmad Jamal
New Rhumba (Big Band)
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New Rhumba (Big Band)
Miles Davis
Solea
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Solea
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