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Critics find this album rather difficult to evaluate. Their judgment ranges from a colourful mixture to a successful cover album to a masterly fusion and an homage to an artist whose life came to an end far too soon - Jimi Hendrix. Jimi had long been gone when this album was recorded in 1974. But it is almost superfluous to look back to the legendary Hendrix if you focus on the great Gil Evans. After such milestones as "Birth Of The Cool" and "Sketches Of Spain" it isn't difficult to regard these late audiophile masterpieces as a logical development of Evans's exceptional skill as an arranger.
When you listen - or rather experience - how the crystal-clear sound in "Angel" is heightened to an emphatic ballad on the saxophone, or how rich soulful vocals storm ahead in a funky style ("Crosstown Traffic"), or fluffy, cloud-like sounds are built up on the flutes in "Castles Made From Sand", then it is no longer of importance who thought out the music. It is sufficient that it exists and is pleasing to all who hear it. It is also unimportant whether one reveres Hendrix's memorable melodies or whether one pays homage to Evans's visionary soundworld: a recording such as this could only be born of the two.
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Gil Evans, piano
David Sanborn, saxophone, flute
Billy Harper, saxophone, flute
Lewis Soloff, trumpet
Tom Malone, trombone, flute, bass, synthesizer
David Horowitz, electric piano, synthesizer
John Abercrombie, guitar
Don Pate, bass
Warren Smith, Jr., chimes, vibraphone, percussion
Bruce Ditmas, drums
Susan Evans, conga, drums
Peter Gordon, french horn
Howard Johnson, clarinet
Ryo Kawasaki, electric guitar
Trevor Koehler, sax, flute, tenor sax
Peter Levin, horn, synthesizer
Keith Loving, guitar
Michael Moore, bass
Marvin C. Peterson, trumpet, vocal
2. Crosstown Traffic / Little Miss Lover
3. Castles Made of Sand / Foxey Lady
1. Up From the Skies (Take 1)
2. 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
3. Voodoo Chile
4. Gypsy Eyes
Recorded 1974 at RCA's Studio B, New York City.