When I put two and two together I realised the four members of the band were all individually influenced by Miles Davis and Gil Evans
and I thought why not have a little bit of a tip of the hat to them?
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 music is a 1958 recording that Gil Evans
arranged and conducted for Miles Davis, whose blues trumpet replaces the opera's vocal line.
Not the way, it turned out, Gil Evans
arranged them at Carnegie Hall either.
ArtistShare released a number of historic firsts this year; a live Gil Evans
Project album, Lines of Color, metal guitarist, Alex Skolnick's first world music collaboration, Planetary Coalition, John Clayton with the late Hank Jones on The Parlor Series Vol.
She was able to criticise my music in a very effective manner, showing examples from her own work or the work of Bob Brookmeyer and Gil Evans
(two famous jazz arrangers with whom Maria had studied) to help explain points she was making.
But obviously, Gil Evans
was not "conducting" them in a classical music sense--the team of drummer Jimmy Cobb and bassist Paul Chambers was keeping everyone in line.
Big band selections include "La Nevada" by Gil Evans
; Bob Brookmeyer's "First Love Song," featuring pianist Andria Martin; and "Second Thoughts," composed by Michael Weiss and arranged by Swing Shift music director Jim Olsen.
The nonet consisted of an unusual instrumentation, including a French horn and a tuba, which, according to Gil Evans
, "was the smallest number of instruments that could get the sound and still express all the harmonies the Thornhill band used" (Nat Hentoff, "The Birth of the Cool," Down Beat [May 2, 1957]: 16).
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