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Centennial - Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans

Ryan Truesdell , Gil Evans Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ArtistShare
  • ASIN: B0083A35NI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Grammy Nominee MIA January 10, 2013
By Jai
Format:Audio CD
Ryan Truesdell's "Centennial" is based on some newly discovered compositions by the late, great Gil Evans, who is perhaps known best
for his collaborations with Miles Davis (Porgy & Bess, Sketches of Spain). Unfortunately, Amazon cannot seem to get it together to locate some copies of this hot recording, and so has been unable to offer it for sale.
Fortunately, NPR saw fit to make the album available for listening, in its entirety, for free.
You can find that free listen here [...] which, in case the URL is deleted, is simply the Ryan Truesdell website website, which is just his name in lower-case all runtogether (like this: ryantruesdell), with the obligatory dot com and back-slash added at the end.
So, until you can get your hot little hands on this cool little recording, check it out!
How COOL is that?! Five stars, indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Absentia: The Charts of Gil Evans April 30, 2013
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Rummaging in unrecorded archives, like many treasure hunts, can get mixed results. Sometimes there is a good reason that a particular chart did not make an LP: worthy but insufficient space on the vinyl, or orphaned because it did not fit in with other compositions; half-baked that never developed with reconsideration; sketches or merely frameworks; or a concept gone wrong or not viable from the outset. Thus, when Ryan Truesdell had access to the Gil Evan archives, he found material of various quality, some charts from the 1940s Claude Thornhill Orchestra, others from the Evans bands of the 1960s and 1970s. Now, the Gil Evan sound is recognizable from the arrangements, the particular instrumental combinations, ornamental flourishes, and certain harmonies. A bland tune can be charted to capture interest. So, what about the selections on this album? They follow the more abstract style found in the album The Individualism of Gil Evans than the more popular Out of The Cool. Two tracks are revisited: The Maids of Cadiz in an early approach, and Kurt Weill's Barbara Song featuring Joe Locke on vibraphone. We are also treated with three actual songs, vocalized by Kate McGarry (Smoking My Sad Ciagrette), Wendy Gilles (Beg Your Pardon) and Luciana Souza (Look to the Rainbow). Truesdell assembled a huge orchestra of 32 musicians, who under his baton, give a fine representation of Evans' hand. The incorporation of the tabla in Punjab (not envisioned by Evan) was the perfect improvement that made the lead-in track a winner. The album, a mixed bag, is a fan-funded effort; ArtistShare, like Kickstarter, echo the 19th-century approach to publishing by advanced subscriptions. Thus, the album is a labor of love. The package inserts include photographs, discussion, and documentation. The Gil Evans Project is a commendable honor of the composer and arranger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this February 11, 2013
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I love this CD ! Great work by a very talent Ryan Truesdale . And the vocalist are great as well . He won a Grammy .Finally someone who is worthy of a Grammy , wins a Grammy .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A veritable gem February 13, 2013
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A superb album. Gil Evans's newly discovered charts, spanning some for Thornhill to the 1960s( e.g.Punjab) are wonderfully executed by Ryan Truesdell and his orchestra. A veritable gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, NPR! August 2, 2012
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I have only heard portions of this album on NPR. I almost leaped out of the car with happiness---hearing Gil Evans' chord changes practically brought tears to my eyes. I realize that sounds extreme, but his music is just magical, cool, and brilliant. Heard Lucianne d'Souza' vocals which were perfectly matched with the Evan's arrangement. Can't wait to get this album!
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