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by Jim McNeely
     
 

Bill Evans' compositions have been interpreted in countless ways through the years, but not so often by big bands. Who better than Jim McNeely, a fine pianist and one of jazz's most imaginative arrangers, to glean fresh insights from Evans' music? Leading the fine players of the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, McNeely sets hisSee more details below

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Bill Evans' compositions have been interpreted in countless ways through the years, but not so often by big bands. Who better than Jim McNeely, a fine pianist and one of jazz's most imaginative arrangers, to glean fresh insights from Evans' music? Leading the fine players of the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, McNeely sets his sights on some of Evans' strongest melodies, and he consistently finds new angles. The latent dissonance of "Very Early" is fully apparent when the interval-leaping line is placed over a pedal point, or the final B major 7th chord, for instance. There are other surprising touches, like the half-time tag that breaks up "Waltz for Debby"; the climactic shout choruses (and orchestrated Bill Evans solo) in "Show-Type Tune"; the medley-style juxtaposition of "Twelve-Tone Tune" and "Twelve-Tone Tune Two"; and the jarring burst of a chord that ends "Turn Out the Stars," gradually fading to close out the album. Lead trombonist Vincent Nilsson arranged the one piece not composed by Bill Evans: "Theme for Scotty/Gloria's Step" combines Clare Fischer's requiem for Scott LaFaro with a stormy reading of LaFaro's most famous tune, which remained in Evans' repertoire long after the bassist's untimely death. Tenor saxophonist Tomas Franck, one of the album's more prominent soloists, gives "Blue in Green" an unusually turbulent, quasi-"out" arrangement. Other outstanding performers include bassist Thomas Ovesen and flügelhornist Henrik Bolberg Pedersen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Stunt
UPC:
0663993020426
catalogNumber:
204

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim McNeely   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor
Tomas Franck   Reeds
Flemming Madsen   Reeds
Vincent Nilsson   Trombone
Benny Rosenfeld   Trumpet
Axel Windfel   Trombone
Ethan Weisgard   Percussion
Thomas Ovesen   Bass
Uffe Markussen   Reeds
Henrik Bolberg Pedersen   Trumpet
Steen Hansen   Trombone
Lasse Lindgren   Trumpet
Anders Lindvall   Guitar
Michael Hove   Reeds
Nikolaj Bentzon   Piano
Thomas Kjærgaard   Trumpet
Nicolai Schultz   Reeds
Søren Frost   Drums
Thomas Fryland   Trumpet
Peter Jensen   Trombone

Technical Credits

Bill Evans   Composer
Jim McNeely   Arranger,Liner Notes
Gene Lees   Composer
Tomas Franck   Arranger
Ture Larsen   Producer
Vincent Nilsson   Arranger
Lars Palsig   Engineer
Peter H. Larsen   Producer
Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra   Cover Photo
Maj Ribergård   Cover Design

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