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The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Gil Evans released two records on World Pacific in 1958 and 1959. They were among his earliest dates as a leader. Gil Evans & Ten was issued by Prestige in 1957, but these dates stand out more. New Bottle, Old Wine was the first of the pair and the band included four trumpets, a trio of trombones, French horn played by Julius Watkins, a pair of tubas, Cannonball Adderley as the lone saxophonist, and a rhythm section that included either Philly Joe Jones or Art Blakey on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Chuck Wayne on guitar. The reading of "King Porter Stomp" is the stunner here, with Adderley's solo being a prized moment. There isn't a weak cut in the whole mess ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Gil Evans released two records on World Pacific in 1958 and 1959. They were among his earliest dates as a leader. Gil Evans & Ten was issued by Prestige in 1957, but these dates stand out more. New Bottle, Old Wine was the first of the pair and the band included four trumpets, a trio of trombones, French horn played by Julius Watkins, a pair of tubas, Cannonball Adderley as the lone saxophonist, and a rhythm section that included either Philly Joe Jones or Art Blakey on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Chuck Wayne on guitar. The reading of "King Porter Stomp" is the stunner here, with Adderley's solo being a prized moment. There isn't a weak cut in the whole mess though. Other standouts include Fats Waller's "Willow Tree," "Lester Leaps In," with great solos by Wayne and Adderley, the burning finale of Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca," and Charlie Parker's "Bird Feathers" closing it out. The second of these albums, Great Jazz Standards, featured a similar band with some notable differences. For one, the inclusion of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy as a soloist and rhythm sections that included either Dennis Charles or Elvin Jones on drums, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Budd Johnson on tenor for about half the set. The finer moments here include "Ballad of the Sad Young Men," a newish tune at the time with a fine piano solo by Evans John Lewis' "Django," with a truly brilliant and understated solo by Lacy, who also does a commendable job on "Straight No Chaser." Johnson wails on Gil Evans' "La Nevada Theme." Evans arrangement of Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring" is also a killer, with his and guitarist Ray Crawford's solos. The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings is a fine collection issued by Blue Note, which, as part of the Connoisseur Series, is limited and will be out of print again soon. Don't wait.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094635830026
  • Catalog Number: 58300
  • Sales rank: 67,631

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 St. Louis Blues (5:25)
  2. 2 King Porter Stomp (3:19)
  3. 3 Willow Tree (4:40)
  4. 4 Struttin' with Some Barbecue (4:32)
  5. 5 Lester Leaps In (4:19)
  6. 6 'Round Midnight (4:07)
  7. 7 Manteca (5:18)
  8. 8 Bird Feathers (6:54)
  9. 9 Davenport Blues (4:26)
  10. 10 Straight No Chaser (6:50)
  11. 11 Ballad of the Sad Young Men (4:02)
  12. 12 Joy Spring (2:50)
  13. 13 Django (8:06)
  14. 14 Chant of the Weed (4:49)
  15. 15 La Nevada (Theme) (6:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gil Evans Primary Artist, Piano, Soloist
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Phil Bodner Flute, Bass Clarinet, English Horn, Piccolo
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone, Soloist
Johnny Coles Trumpet, Soloist
Curtis Fuller Trombone, Soloist
Budd Johnson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Elvin Jones Drums, Soloist
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Steve Lacy Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Julius Watkins French Horn
Rod Levitt Bass Trombone
Tommy Potter Bass
Frank Rehak Soloist
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Chuck Wayne Guitar, Soloist
Ray Crawford Guitar, Soloist
Danny Stiles Trumpet
Denis Charles Drums
Billy Barber Tuba, Soloist
Art Blakey Drums, Soloist
Eddie Caine Flute, Alto Saxophone
Paul Chambers Bass, Soloist
Earl Chapin French Horn
Bill Elton Trombone
Dick Lieb Bass Trombone
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern French Horn
Harvey Phillips Tuba
Clyde Reasinger Trumpet
Allen Smith Trumpet
Joe Bennett & Sparkletones Trombone
Gerald Sanfino Flute, Bass Clarinet, English Horn, Piccolo
Al Block Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet
Dick Carter Bass
Tom Mitchell Jr. Bass Trombone
Technical Credits
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Lester Young Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Don Redman Composer
George Avakian Producer
Bix Beiderbecke Composer
Richard Bock Producer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Gil Evans Arranger, Composer
Ron McMaster Remixing, Mastering
Thelonious Monk Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Dave Baker Liner Notes
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Armando Acosta Cover Design
Patrick Roques Reissue Design
David Barker Liner Notes
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
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