TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: InformalMichael Fremer Rated 11/11 Music, 9/11 Sonics in his June 2013 reviews on www.analogplanet.com!
TAS Recommended! Rated a 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!
Limited Edition 180 Gram, 45rpm 2LP Set!
Cut by Kevin Gray at 45 RPM and packaged in extra-thick cardboard stock gatefold jackets!
A groundbreaking jazz recording by the longtime Miles Davis collaborator Gil Evans highlights the latter's supreme and influential skills as a jazz orchestrator. This album is a brilliant example of Evans' ability to make a large orchestra sound like a smaller jazz combo using orchestrations that infuse the larger unit with the immediacy and spontaneity of the smaller. Out Of The Cool features some of Evan's finest compositions, including the famous "La Nevada" as well as a magnificent performance of George Russell's "Sratosphunk." Soloists include Budd Johnson (tenor), Johnny Coles (trumpet), Ray Crawford (guitar), Elvin Jones (drums), Ron Carter (bass) and Jimmy Knepper (trombone). The ensemble is superbly recorded by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder. A must-have for all lovers of jazz.
"Evans, like a sort of jazz-minded Mahler, weaves together sparsely populated chamber-like interludes with dramatic, large-scaled orchestration...The results are lovely, sometimes cerebral jazz meditations, and the soundstage is expansive, with soloists firmly rooted within; the musicians unfurl ribbons of fabulously layered tone colors, and the recording captures the orchestra's terrific dynamic range." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2009
"Out of the Cool doesn't lack for highlights! There's Ray Crawford's sensational sounding guitar work. There's Jimmy Knepper's unbelievable trombone trombone solos and tonal completeness on "Where Flamingoes Fly." Then there's Tony Studd's bass trombone work and incredible sense of air on "Stratusphunk." - Myles B. Astor, Positive-Feedback.com, Issue 49
"'Minimally miked' this ain't but it results in timbral richness and transient clarity as well as a dramatic instrumental presence... I've been asked many times to produce a top 10 or top 100 LPs list and this record would be right near the top both because of how it has influenced jazz (and surely Henry Mancini I'd say) and because it's superbly produced, engineered and especially played. The improvised performances are astonishing every play and the sound is superbly transparent, vivid and dynamic... Kevin Gray's mastering is superb as usual and the glossy gatefold "tip on" jacket cover art is beautifully reproduced... One way or another a copy of this masterpiece belongs in every good record collection (unless you don't like jazz) and given the reality of the day, fifty plus years after it was originally released and five years after the fire, the best available version is Analogue Productions'." - Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com, Music 11/11, Sound 9/11
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Ron Carter, Bass, Trombone
Johnny Coles, Trumpet
Budd Johnson, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones, Percussion, Drums
Jimmy Knepper, Trombone
Ray Crawford, Guitar
Phil Sunkel, Trumpet
Billy Barber, Tuba
Raymond Beckenstein, Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Eddie Caine, Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Gil Evans, Piano, Conductor, Track Performer
Keg Johnson, Trombone
Charlie Persip, Percussion, Drums
Tony Studd, Bass Trombone
Bob Tricaric, Flute, Bassoon, Piccolo
1. La Nevada
2. Where Flamingos Fly
3. Bilbao Song
5. Sunken Treasure
6. Sister Sadie