The Individualism of Gil Evans Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Import
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, July 3, 1989
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The title of this album, "The Individualism Of Gil Evans" is no 1960's marketing device or generic label to sell jazz to the hip. To appreciate Evans, you really have to have high volume to meditate on this quiet music. Listening to him is closer to hearing Mozart than most big band jazz.
Evans on this album starts at a low simmer and scarcely gets to a flame. He uses soft volume, and works subtle but complex arrangements that rest within these dynamics and that you have to listen intently to hear. Check out the soft woodwinds on the title track, or the way the flutes flutter like butterflies on "Flute Song." Listen to the fuglehorn and piano on "Los Vegas Tango."
The amazement with Evans comes long after the first listen, when you have over time absorbed the intricacies he threads into the musical weave. Evans may not be the best first listen, because the depth of the music is so deep in the music.
But patience will always reveal rewards, and for an example, I would point to this album, which shows the mastery of The Individualism Of Gil Evans.
But I complain too long. The original "Individualism" is a colossal phenomenon. Gil Evans IS individual, and what a loss that he's gone.
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GE, comp, arr, p; Johnny Coles, tpt; Jimmy Cleveland, tbn; Phil Woods, alto sx; Wayne Shorter, ten sx; Al Block, flt; Kenny Burrell, guit; Harry Lookofsky, ten violin; Paul... Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Keymer
I love this CD. Whole the music is 50 years old it seems fresh and innovative. The musicians communicate Evans' arrangements beautifully and intelligently.Published 10 months ago by Jona Rogers
This is the same recording I had on vinyl in the 1960s. Great arrangements, beautiful music.Published 21 months ago by Synergy
One of my top 5 Jazz albums (of course he's already there wwith Miles). Plus best version of Spoonful ever (and done well before Cream).Published on August 29, 2014 by Lauren
I'm on a Gil Evans kick, It started with Miles Davis, naturally, but Gil has his own albums. This is lush and beautiful and I'll be buying the rest of his works.Published on February 15, 2014 by B Bopper
Evans was the premier architect of sound in the cool jazz period and this album, with the large "orchestra", typifies his ability to go beyond the norms. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Steven L. Richardson
This would qualify as one of those albums I would take anywhere and listen to over and over... Gil Evans' arragements/compositions are superb - -I have never heard such a... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Eugene J. Niemierzycki