Celebrate the Birthday of Gil Evans: Born May 13, 1912
Gil Evans, arranger, composer and bandleader extraordinaire, would have been 101 years old this May 13.
Some ways to celebrate: New Yorkers can check out nearly a week’s worth of Gil’s music played live by Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project at the Jazz Standard. Or, pull out some of Gil’s music at home: if you’re lucky enough, maybe Mosaic’s out-of-print box set: Miles Davis/Gil Evans - The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings.
In his frontespiece for the notes for that set, Quincy Jones wrote:
“In a little less than three years time, beginning in May 1958 and completed by March 1960, the collaborative efforts of jazz giants Miles Davis (trumpet-flugelhorn soloist) and Gil Evans (arranger-composer-conductor) resulted in the making of three landmark recordings still unsurpassed in the history of jazz.
“These albums, Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain, are the masterpieces created by the reunion of two great masters.
“If ever pushed for a choice of desert island music, Miles and Gil, these albums would indubitably be my top three. This is as good as it gets. Timeless!”
Timeless to be sure. Happy birthday, Gil.
Photo of Gil Evans by William Claxton, via @jazzstagenet.Read More
The Gil Evans Project at the Jazz Standard
In our recent post in the Gazette, we shared Ryan Truesdell’s overview of the Gil Evans Project, just named Best Large Ensemble of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, and whose Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans was named the JJA’s 2013 Record of the Year. Here’s a vivid look at the ensemble at the Jazz Standard in 2012, performing two pieces Evans recorded for his classic, The Individualism of Gil Evans. You can catch a live look at the band when they return to the Jazz Standard in mid-May.View Video
Ryan Truesdell: Behind the Gil Evans Centennial Project
Ryan Truesdell enjoyed a burst of celebrity this month, when the Jazz Jorunalists Association named his Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans as its 2013 Record of the Year, and named his Gil Evans Project its Best Large Ensemble of the Year. Who is Ryan Truesdell, and where is he coming from? Thoughtful answers to those questions, and a wealth of insight into Gil Evans and this project, in Edward Blanco’s interview with Truesdell in All About Jazz.
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Gil Evans and his Orchestra in Umbria
By day, in this video, Gil Evans and his musicians bask and stroll in the Umbrian sun in Perugia. At night, Evans and his band, with Howard Johnson, Billy Harper and Hannibal Marvin Peterson upfront, wail before the grand fountain in the Piazza at the Umbria Jazz Festival. Sweet. Or should we say, dolce?
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