Gil Evans [Giants of Jazz]

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All Music Guide - Richard Ginell
A quasi-legal European issue, this turns out to be a succinct summary of Gil Evans' limited output under his own leadership in the late '50s. It includes most of the selections from his World Pacific albums New Bottle, Old Wine and Great Jazz Standards six from the former, five from the latter, plus a single track, "Ella Speed," from the Prestige album Gil Evans Plus Ten. Always thought-provoking and moody in timbre, even at fast tempos, Evans' charts on these albums are at a creative level just a bit below the masterpieces that he wrote for Miles Davis in these years -- which was still a cut above almost everyone else on the market then. The New Bottle tracks are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard Ginell
A quasi-legal European issue, this turns out to be a succinct summary of Gil Evans' limited output under his own leadership in the late '50s. It includes most of the selections from his World Pacific albums New Bottle, Old Wine and Great Jazz Standards six from the former, five from the latter, plus a single track, "Ella Speed," from the Prestige album Gil Evans Plus Ten. Always thought-provoking and moody in timbre, even at fast tempos, Evans' charts on these albums are at a creative level just a bit below the masterpieces that he wrote for Miles Davis in these years -- which was still a cut above almost everyone else on the market then. The New Bottle tracks are dominated by the joyous wailing of Cannonball Adderley on alto, spelled by such Evans favorites as Johnny Coles trumpet and Chuck Wayne guitar, and propelled by bassist Paul Chambers and either Art Blakey or Philly Joe Jones on drums. The Great Jazz Standards tracks retain Coles and feature Budd Johnson on clarinet, Steve Lacy on soprano, and Curtis Fuller and Jimmy Cleveland on trombone. Given the 65-minute playing time, there could have been a bit more from Plus Ten for balance's sake, but what we get has Lacy and altoist Lee Konitz doing solo honors. The remastering is mostly very good, although there are some distracting tape dropouts in some of the Great Jazz Standards tracks. Stunningly for an item of this dubious origin, there are complete details on session dates and personnel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • Label: Giants Of Jazz (Ita)
  • UPC: 800488315821
  • Catalog Number: 53158

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Manteca (5:19)
  2. 2 'Round Midnight (4:04)
  3. 3 Lester Leaps In (4:19)
  4. 4 Django (8:06)
  5. 5 Bird Feathers (6:54)
  6. 6 Willow Tree (4:40)
  7. 7 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (4:35)
  8. 8 Chant of the Weed (4:25)
  9. 9 Straight, No Chaser (6:20)
  10. 10 Davenport Blues (4:26)
  11. 11 Ella Speed (5:48)
  12. 12 La Nevada (6:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gil Evans Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Bandleader
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Phil Bodner Reeds
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Budd Johnson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones Drums
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
Steve Lacy Soprano Saxophone
Julius Watkins Flugelhorn
Rod Levitt Trombone
Tommy Potter Bass
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Chuck Wayne Guitar
Ray Crawford Guitar
Danny Stiles Trumpet
Willie Ruff Flugelhorn
Billy Barber Tuba
Art Blakey Drums
Earl Chapin Flugelhorn
Jerry Sanfino Reeds
Dave Kurtzer Bassoon
Dick Lieb Trombone
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern Flugelhorn
Harvey Phillips Tuba
Clyde Reasinger Trumpet
Nick Stabulas Drums
Bart Varsalona Trombone
Al Block Reeds
Dick Carter Bass
Bill Eaton Trombone
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Cannonball Adderley Contributor
Johnny Coles Contributor
Curtis Fuller Contributor
Gil Fuller Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Philly Joe Jones Contributor
Lee Konitz Contributor
Alan Lomax Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Art Blakey Contributor
Gil Evans Arranger, Composer, Director, Contributor
Lil Hardin Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
John A. Lomax Composer
Don Raye Composer
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
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