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Gil Evans Orchestra Great Jazz Standards (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) 180g LP

Gil Evans Orchestra

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180g Vinyl LP!
Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series!
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from Original Analog Tapes!
Produced by Music Matters' Joe Harley!
Pressed at RTI!

Michael Fremer Rated 9/10 Music, 8/10 Sonics!

The brilliant arranger, composer, and pianist Gil Evans had already collaborated with Miles Davis on Birth of the Cool and Miles Ahead and made his own debut album Gil Evans & Ten for Prestige when he signed with World Pacific Records in 1958 and made the first of two albums for the label: New Bottle Old Wine with featured soloist Cannonball Adderley. The next year Evans was back in the studio to record the follow-up Great Jazz Standards with two different ensembles featuring the likes of trumpeter Johnny Coles, trombonists Curtis Fuller and Jimmy Cleveland, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Budd Johnson, guitarist Ray Crawford, drummer Elvin Jones, and others. As the title promises, the album presents a program of great jazz standards leading off with Bix Beiderbecke's "Davenport Blues," a showcase for Coles, before launching into a shimmering version of Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser" where Coles, Lacy, Fuller, and Evans all get the spotlight. A stunning presentation of Fran Landesman and Tommy Wolf's "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" and a no-nonsense take on Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring" close out the first side. On the flipside, John Lewis' "Django" gets an impressionistic arrangement full of surprises, while a modernistic version of Don Redman's "Chant of the Weed" is a solo vehicle for Johnson's clarinet. The album culminates with a soaring performance of the Evans original "Theme," later known as "La Nevada."

The Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series was born out of Blue Note President Don Was' admiration for the exceptional audiophile Blue Note LP reissues presented by Music Matters. Was brought Joe Harley, a.k.a. the "Tone Poet," on board to curate and supervise a series of reissues from the Blue Note family of labels.

Extreme attention to detail has been paid to getting these right in every conceivable way, from the jacket graphics and printing quality to superior LP mastering (direct from the master tapes) by Kevin Gray to superb 180g audiophile LP pressings by Record Technology Inc. Every aspect of these Tone Poet releases is done to the highest possible standard. It means that you will never find a superior version. This is IT.

This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe tip-on jacket.

Another worthwhile Blue Note 'Tone Poet' series issue I'm glad I bought! A 'must have' for Gil Evans fans and a 'probably should have' for many others.
-Michael Fremer, Tracking Angle, Music 9/10, Sound 8/10

Features

  • 180g Vinyl LP
  • Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes
  • Pressed at RTI
  • Deluxe Tip-On Jacket

Musicians

"Chant of the Weed," "Joy Spring," "Ballad of the Sad Young Men," "Theme"

Johnny Coles trumpet
Louis Mucci trumpet
Danny Stiles trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland trombone
Curtis Fuller trombone
Rod Levitt trombone
Earl Chapin French horn
Bill Barber tuba
Ed Caine woodwinds
Steve Lacy soprano sax
Budd Johnson tenor sax, clarinet
Ray Crawford guitar
Tommy Potter bass
Elvin Jones drums
Gil Evans piano

"Davenport Blues," "Django," "Straight No Chaser"

Johnny Coles trumpet
Louis Mucci trumpet
Allen Smith trumpet
Curtis Fuller trombone
Bill Elton trombone
Dick Lieb trombone
Bob Northern French horn
Bill Barber tuba
Al Block woodwinds
Steve Lacy soprano sax
Chuck Wayne guitar
Dick Carter bass
Dennis Charles drums
Gil Evans piano

Selections

Side I:

  1. Davenport Blues
  2. Straight No Chaser
  3. Ballad of the Sad Young Men
  4. Joy Spring

Side II:

  1. Django
  2. Chant of the Weed
  3. Theme

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