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Gil Evans: Out of the Cool is the first comprehensive biography of a self-taught musician whom colleagues often regarded as a mentor. It traces Evans's early years: his first dance bands in California, during the Depression; his life as a studio arranger in Hollywood; and his early work with Claude Thornhill, one of the most unusual bandleaders of the Big Band Era. After Evans settled in New York City in 1946, Evans's basement apartment quickly became a meeting ground for musicians. The discussions that took place there among Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, and others resulted in the "Birth of the Cool" scores for the Miles Davis Nonet and, later on, Evans's masterpieces with Davis: Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain. Throughout his career, Evans's writing enhanced the artistry of other musicians, coaxing them into going "beyond notation," as one colleague put it. From the late 1960s on, the music he created with his experimental big band attracted pop superstars as well, notably the guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Evans's work remained compelling and uncompromising until his death.
Written with the cooperation of Evans's friends, colleagues, and family, and based on scores of interviews and newly found documentation, Gil Evans: Out of the Cool is the definitive account of one of America's greatest musical figures.
|Introduction and Acknowledgments||xi|
|2.||Prince of Swing||19|
|4.||Claude Thornhill--His Band and His Sound||71|
|6.||52nd Street Annex||124|
|9.||Out of the Cool||219|
Posted April 25, 2010
Gil Evans was and still remains as a musical gift to all of us. He brought a strong sense of originality and depth of intellect to everything musical that his spirit and body touched. I will be 60 years old in two weeks. When I was barely out of my teens, I had the unmistakeable assignment to be invited to a private music session with the eminent percussionist, Warren Smith, Gil Evans and myself on trumpet. We played into the evening. I was so excited to witness this master in the flesh and to partake a bit of the sense of musical genius, that I will always remember this truly wonderful day. The biography is a gift to the world. And the music of Gil Evans remains a wonderful tribute to the power, creative prowess and genius of the human spirit.
Until the genius of Gil Evans was placed on the table, the traditional sounds of the big band were not truly explored as they were with him. The gifts of sonority between trumpets, trombones and winds were truly opened up to a new and majestic amalgamation of new harmonic levels of clarity and melding of harmonic variances. Gil answered the call for a new array of voices to be experienced by humanity.
When Miles entered the picture, the world experienced a wonderful array of the possibility of the expansion of a new aural array of wonder, preeminent in music. The big band, no longer a vehicle utilized to accompany moving feet on the dance floor, but a welcome addition to the heart and spirit of those of us that truly love and enjoy so many different sonorities of musical excellence.
Stephanie Stein Crease, you have more than mastered the written word as you engage in the process of informing us mortal individuals of the exceptional life that we have been blessed to experience on this planet. Gil Evans and Miles Davis.......................A MUSICAL GIFT TO US ALL.
This work is a passion beyond a passion; a depth of intellect that allows us to truly be blessed with the wonders of the human spirit. This is a work that truly must not be missed. Gil and Miles; Miles and Gil.....................LET THE SONOROUS RICHES OF SOUND; CONTINUE..............................A BLESSING TO US ALL