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Live At Sweet Basil Vol. 2

Gil EvansAudio CD
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  • ASIN: B00112B5DW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Recorded Live at Sweet Basil, New York, August 27, 1984. Released 1987 Gramavision Records Inc

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5.0 out of 5 stars wow! November 10, 2011
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Someone needs to review this album!

I am a big Gil Evans fan and this is some of the best music I have heard by him. I like it somewhat better than Sweet Basil Volume 1, which is a little more stylistically uneven with some work bordering on pure rock, although I do like that album.

The songs on this album tend to straddle the fence between electric fusion jazz and traditional bebop. To me, it's a great balance between the two. One of its great virtues is fine orchestration (although you generally expect that from Gil Evans), and some incredible solos, e.g. the sax solo on Snowflake Bop.

And you get LOTS of music, the recording is about 75 minutes of bliss.
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Five LIVE Stars! The jazz scene in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s was notable for the live big band performances on Monday nights at some of the better known clubs around the city: with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra at the Village Vanguard and the Gil Evans Orchestra at Sweet Basil leading the pack. This recording is one of two "Gil Evans Live at Sweet Basil" recordings from 1984, featuring a 4 trumpet-heavy section that included Lew Soloff, Hannibal, and his son Miles Evans, George Adams on tenor sax, Chris Hunter on alto sax, Howard Johnson on baritone sax and tuba, Tom Malone on trombone, Hiram Bullock on guitar, and Evans on electric piano, among other musicians. Evans' "Prelude to Stone Free" and a great big band version of Jimi Hendrix' "Stone Free" feature great solos by Hunter and Adams who is pushed along by a superb 'tom tom' only interlude. Anita Evans' very hip composition "SnowFlake Bop" is built on a 3 and 6 riff and gets great performances from Bullock using a very fuzzy guitar tone and Adams who takes flights of fancy in his solo. "Jelly Roll" takes us back to New Orleans with a swinging, swaggering theme that has great solos from trumpeter Soloff and Johnson on baritone sax. And Thelonius Monk's "Friday, The Thirteenth" is given an arrangement of grotesque beauty with a wild trumpet solo (probably Hannibal) and Evans on piano. Bonus track has Evans paying homage' to the late bassist/band leader Charles Mingus with "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" which itself was Mingus' homage' to the late tenor sax legend Lester Young. A marvelous live recording of a superlative big band which Evans gives lots of breathing and solo room in his arrangements. Highly Recommended. Five SWINGING Stars. (6 Tracks, Cassette Tape)
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing January 6, 2013
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I have several CDs by this same artist, so that I felt confident buying any of his CDs. Big mistake!! Where the music of his that I already have is excellent big band jazz, the music on this CD is awful. It is screechy, extremely dissonant, and seemed to be disorganized so that no tune could be discerned anywhere on any track. I sent this CD back.
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