Gil Evans


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Evans, Gil (b. Ian Green)

(1912–87) jazz musician; born in Toronto, Canada. He was a pianist and arranger whose landmark orchestrations for Miles Davis included "The Birth of the Cool," "Porgy and Bess," and "Sketches of Spain."
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It's probably more accurate to say that just as the shimmering orchestral projects of the late 1950s and early 1960s were collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, the innovative and controversial work that came along at the end of the next decade represented a new form of collaboration between Miles and his producer, Teo Macero, who spliced and collaged the jam sessions into the sleek artifacts that were released as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.
Composer Kurt Weill's "My Ship," a challenging choice featuring a woodwind chorus arranged by saxophonist Gary Meek, was inspired by the version Miles Davis and Gil Evans had recorded on the Miles Ahead album.
The Gil Evans Project's second recording, recorded during their fourth-annual, week-long engagement at the Jazz Standard in New York City.
Anderson in turn was inspired by movie scores and the American songbook--in particular the recordings of Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, Gil Evans and Nelson Riddle--and was known for creating sophisticated harmonic sequences during improvisations.
He signed them to his Sour Mash label and released the superlative The Corner of Miles and Gil, named after the brothers' jazz heroes, Miles Davies and Gil Evans.
Toussaint worked with the likes of pianist McCoy Tyner (due at the Sage soon), Wynton Marsalis and Gil Evans while in New York.
The music has everything from funk to hip-hop to African tinges to circular beats and Stefon weaves those things together to create a tone poem that is like a 21st-century version of Gil Evans.
Music literally poured out of his every action and it became clear why Miles Davis recorded Pascoal's compositions and Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock and Astor Piazzolla acclaimed his work.
We are soon rudely brought back to reality by some of the most adventurous music I have heard since Gil Evans and Carla Bley.
This didn't stop him from making music with Gil Evans, and the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack to Louis Malle's film Lift to the Scaffold.
Although he vowed time and again never to go back to his past, the final triumph before his death on September 28 came at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where he played what was, by all accounts, a stunning version of his old collaboration with Gil Evans, Sketches of Spain.
1974, 1975 National Endowment for the Arts, Jazz Composition Grants to create original compositions for the Gil Evans Orchestra, NYC.