The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings

The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings

by Gil Evans


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The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0094635830026
catalogNumber: 58300

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
Clyde Reasinger   Trumpet
Allen Smith   Trumpet
Joe Bennett   Trombone
Gerald Sanfino   Flute,Bass Clarinet,English Horn,Piccolo
Block   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet
Dick Carter   Bass
Tom Mitchell   Bass Trombone
Harvey E. Phillips   Tuba

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
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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