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Svengali Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Thoroughbred
  2. Blues in Orbit
  3. Eleven
  4. Cry of Hunger
  5. Summertime
  6. Zee Zee


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B0000C24KD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Joe Owen VINE VOICE on January 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a great recording by Gil Evans and his orchestra. This is a fine example that even an orchestra can do fusion. Each section in the orchestra makes a valuable contribution to the recording. "Thoroughbread" is an excellent introduction to the mood Evans was trying to emphasize on this session. Every song afterwards is great from a swing type to fusion/funk. Its all here! The only thing missing on this recording is Miles Davis. If Miles was in on this session this would of been a 5 Star Plus recording! However, this is an excellent CD to acquire for all Gil Evans enthusiasts.
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The anagram is obvious, no?
This has been one of my favorite Gil Evans recordings, I wore the LP right out years ago!
I do not comprehend exactly what the 2 previous reviews mean by "fusion", but then, try define the word "jazz"..(The wash of a synth or an electric piano Fender ? I hope this not the criteria used to define, but no matter!)
This recording is pure "Evansonia", with his trademark lush arrangements and innovative chord voicings.
Featured soloists this turn , the seldom heard and quite individual concepts of Ted Dunbar on electric guitar, and the Texas "big horn" sound meets the post bop.avante guard tenor sax of the underrated Billy Harper.
Mr Harper contributes 2 compositions, "Cry of Hunger" and the opening romp, "Thoroughbred", and is also an individualistic composer.
Howard Johnson, maestro of the baritone sax oan tuba, "Mr Low Frequencies" is featured in solo settings on tuba and Flugehorn, and is a quite inventive soloist!
Hannibal Peterson, another sadly neglected musician (A trumpet more worthy than the obscurity he has been banished to..)features on "ZeeZee", a delicious track.
For me, the highlight of the recording is a moody and thoughful version of the standard "Summertime", which features a medlodic solo statement from Mr Dunbar over a wash of beautifully altered chords from the orchestra, a treat!
With 2 books released this year about Mr Evan's musics and lifestory, I hope interest is still high in his musics now and for the passing years to come..
This cd is a "must have" for every jazz afficionado, to sound a bit cliche (but true!).
1000 stars , Viva Gil Evans! A true innovator!
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EVANS, Gil. Svengali. Five Four. Orig. 1973 or 1974; reissued in 2012. $13.43. GE, p, arr; Ted Dunbar, guit; Marvin ‘Hannibal’ Peterson, tpt; Tom Malone, tbn; David Sanborn, alto sx; Trevor Koehler, bari sx, sop sx, flt; Billy Harper, ten sx; Howard Johnson, tuba, bari sx, flgl hrn; Herb Bushler, elec bs; Bruce Ditmas, dr; others.

This isn’t five star music but it’s close to it, another late-midlife album by one of jazz’s truly great arranger bandleaders, Canada born Gil Evans. It contains two tunes by Billy Harper, who also solos to devastating effect on his own “Cry of Hunger”; a George Russell staple, “Blues in Orbit”; a 1 minute 41 second reworking of Evans’s early tune with Miles, “Eleven”; a virtual replay of Evans’s original chord-shifting backdrop on “Summertime,” setting off Ted Dunbar’s effective guitar solo. (Evans used this arrangement a third time to back Helen Merrill, who, with her smoky, affecting voice, may have been the one perfect vocalist for Evans’s signature floating clouds backing.) The solo turns are all good, with Howard Johnson’s tuba solo on “Thoroughbred” and Harper’s solos especially affecting. By the time Evans recorded this album, he had moved to a looser framework than in his earlier albums, a looser balance between ensemble and solo sections, but, better than in some of his later albums, they still seem in balance on this outing. The result isn’t a better music than in earlier albums, just different, and most of the time, it works well. A ten-minute run on George Russell’s “Blues in Orbit” shows how tricky Evans’s arrangements could be, especially the vamps leading into his long pieces. (“Tricky” is a good word here, not a pejorative.
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