The Gil Evans Project directed by Ryan TruesdellJazz StandardNew York, NYMay 17, 2013 Somewhere along the way, the centennial of a notable jazz figure's birth became a major cause for celebration and reflection. Unfortunately, these celebrations have occasionally become last hurrahs for the dearly departed, as their life's work fades into the mist of time after they get their hundred-year due; the hardcore jazz community never really forgets or forsakes them, but the rest of the world moves on to the next celebratory story and sound bite. Arranger/Composer extraordinaire Gil Evans ...read more
Ryan Truesdell Centennial: Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans Artist Share 2012 This CD, released to celebrate the 100th birthday of the late Gil Evans, provides a wealth of listening pleasure. It is also a US national treasure that deserves a place in the Smithsonian Institute and every jazz record library. It is a Hope Diamond for everyone to enjoy often. Gil Evans (1912-1988) was a giant, one of the two greatest arrangers in the history of jazz, the other being the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn collaboration. Both created new music that changed the face of ...read more
Ryan TruesdellCentennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil EvansArtistShare2012Composer/arranger/pianist Gil Evans broke new ground in the arena of arranging in the late 1940s with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra, and the 1949-50 singles which later came out as the album Birth of the Cool (Columbia Records, 1957), made up of sessions with trumpeter Miles Davis. He went on the arrange the music for three more of Davis' extraordinary Columbia sets--Miles Ahead (1958), Porgy and Bess (1959) and Sketches of Spain (1960), as well as releases under his own name, like the excellent The Individuation ...read more
Pianist, band leader and composer Ian Ernest Gilmore Green, or as he is better know, Gil Evans, played an instrumental role in the development of free, modal, fusion and most of all, cool jazz. Evans numbers extensive collaborations with the great Miles Davis and arranging duties for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra in the 1940s among his many accomplishments. To mark the hundredth anniversary of Evans' birth date, 13 May 1912, producer and conductor Ryan Truesdell unveils Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans featuring 35 of New York's top musicians.Considered as one of the foremost Evans ...read more
Ryan TruesdellCentennial: Newly Discovered Works Of Gil EvansArtist Share2012Those who choose to focus their energy on arranging and composing rarely get the attention and praise that comes to their instrument-wielding counterparts, but the cream always manages to rise to the top and get noticed. Such was the case with the great Gil Evans. He expanded and experimented with the sonic color scheme of jazz during his time with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra, helped to define cool jazz" while working with Miles Davis, collaborated with said trumpeter on a string of classic albums ...read more
Imagine the commotion when previously unknown manuscripts of Beethoven or Bach were discovered. In the jazz world, the equivalent of such an event might occur with regard to the music of innovators like Duke Ellington or Gil Evans. Indeed, that is exactly what composer-arranger-conductor-producer Ryan Truesdell has uncovered with Evans' music. He researched and found a treasure trove of sketches, arrangements and compositions by the great Gil Evans in several collections, and many of them have never been heard before, other than perhaps in live performances many years ago. Truesdell is preparing a CD with today's musicians playing a selection ...read more
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