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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B00599UHLE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,770,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A must have for any jazz fan.
RealBebopMusic
Very creative and exquisite arrangements, and superb instrumental solos.
Q
Gil Evans was way ahead of his time.
Lance B. Sjogren

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Gold on July 15, 2012
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One of my pet peeves is the notion that there are no great white jazz musicians -- as if it's not possible to revere Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker and Lester Young and still admit that Woody Herman and Benny Goodman led great bands, that Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker had "soul" -- and that Gil Evans was up there with Billy Strayhorn as a pre-eminent jazz arranger.

This disc is a rare and treasurable example of Evans out from the shadow of the great Miles Davis, and fronting his own band, featuring his own brilliant piano and some terrific guitar from Ray Crawford. It belongs in anybody's jazz collection.

Did you know that Lester Young's favorite singer, apart from Billie Holliday, was - Frank Sinatra?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lance B. Sjogren on November 5, 2011
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This is some of the best jazz you will ever hear. I still can't believe this was performed in 1961. I don't listen a great deal to 1950s/early 1960s jazz because it seems to me that while there was musical genius at work during that era in terms of creation of many of the great jazz songs and instrumentation, there is generally somewhat of a rough and primitive quality to the music compared to what it has evolved into in more recent decades.

But this music comes across to me as something that might have been created in the 70s or 80s. Gil Evans was way ahead of his time.

To enjoy this music you do need to have some affinity for big band jazz. However, Gil Evans' approach toward big band is very colorful, has lots of dynamic range, and tremendous solo performances, so don't be concerned that it is going to be just a bunch of loud choruses from the brass section.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barry W. Brown on December 15, 2009
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One of the true classic jazz albums of the last half of the twentieth century. The arrangements by
Gil Evans are most unusual with excellent use of bass brass. Cool it is -- highly recommended.
Although unusual, will not offend the classical jazz listener. It is not free jazz for example and
is not ever dissonant.

Gripe. The companion album 'Into the Hot' is available only in an outrageously overpriced edition.
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Five SALUTARY Stars! This marvelous large-scale jazz orchestral work by the legendary Hall of Fame composer, arranger, and pianist Gil Evans is worthy of being included with his Miles Davis collaborations and near the front of his own very personal, well-developed catalogue of jazz classics. Many associate this recording as a bookend to "Into The Hot", but that recording, although it bore Evans' photo on the cover, was Evans as "producer", giving his studio time to Cecil Taylor's quintet and John Carisi's big band and arrangements. But "Out of the Cool" is pure, elegant, patient, complex, swinging Gil Evans at his best, featuring an all-star group with the likes of Johnny Coles, Jimmy Knepper, Tony Studd, Budd Johnson, Ray Crawford, Ron Carter and Charlie Persip in the 15 piece orchestra.

"La Nevada" (aka "The Theme") is based on an infectious 14-note repetitive riff that serves as the basis for soloists to really dig into their improvisations, especially trombonist Jimmy Knepper, guitarist Ray Crawford (of Ahmad Jamal's "Three Strings" fame), trumpeter Johnny Coles and Evans' own jabbing piano chords, pushed along nicely by Charlie Persip and Ron Carter on this 15 minute blazer. The languid beauty of "Where Flamingos Fly" rides Knepper's appealing trombone, and Kurt Weill's "Bilboa Song" features bass legend Ron Carter's elegant statements in a 3 and a half minute beauty. George Russell's jazz standard "Stratusphunk" has Tony Studd's bass trombone etching the outlines and walking in cadence with Carter's bass line and some interesting re-workings by Evans' arrangement. "Sunken Treasure" is a jazz etude that explores the bass clef while Coles solos midrange and higher with bluesy, funky swagger. A big band classic on the vaunted Impulse Records label by one of jazz' great orchestra leaders, composers, and arrangers. Five HUGE Stars! (5 tracks; Time-37:20)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Janton on September 25, 2012
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This "re-master" is of dubious lineage. If you listen closely you can hear the turntable in action. Needle drop on "Bilbao Song", flutter and noise in the quiet passages. You can actually "see" the noise on the recordings if you look at the MP3 file with an editor.

I feel like I have been ripped off for the price (albeit low) for a remastered product.

Who is "Gralin Music"? How do they get Amazon (also the iTunes store) to carry their inferior product.

Spend some extra money and get a real copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shimon on June 15, 2014
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You're either going to love it or hate it.

Now that this era is over, and all the lead players have moved on, this moves into classic status.

Some people call them tone poems; others "symphonic jazz"; it hardly matters what label one applies, it's beautiful and timeless.

Enjoy!
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Five SALUTARY Stars! This marvelous large-scale jazz orchestral work by the legendary Hall of Fame composer, arranger, and pianist Gil Evans is worthy of being included with his Miles Davis collaborations and near the front of his own very personal, well-developed catalogue of jazz classics. Many associate this recording as a bookend to "Into The Hot", but that recording, although it bore Evans' photo on the cover, was Evans as "producer", giving his studio time to Cecil Taylor's quintet and John Carisi's big band and arrangements. But "Out of the Cool" is pure, elegant, patient, complex, swinging Gil Evans at his best, featuring an all-star group with the likes of Johnny Coles, Jimmy Knepper, Tony Studd, Budd Johnson, Ray Crawford, Ron Carter and Charlie Persip in the 15 piece orchestra.

"La Nevada" (aka "The Theme") is based on an infectious 14-note repetitive riff that serves as the basis for soloists to really dig into their improvisations, especially trombonist Jimmy Knepper, guitarist Ray Crawford (of Ahmad Jamal's "Three Strings" fame), trumpeter Johnny Coles and Evans' own jabbing piano chords, pushed along nicely by drummer Charlie Persip and legendary bassist Ron Carter on this 15 minute blazer. The languid beauty of "Where Flamingos Fly" rides Knepper's soaring, attractive trombone statement, and Kurt Weill's "Bilboa Song" features Ron Carter's elegant pizzicato statements in a 3 and a half minute beauty. George Russell's jazz standard "Stratusphunk" has Tony Studd's bass trombone etching the outlines and walking in cadence with Carter's bass line and some interesting re-workings of the song contained within Evans' arrangement. "Sunken Treasure" is a jazz etude that explores the bass clef while trumpeter Coles solos midrange and higher with bluesy, funky swagger.
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