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Ian Ernest Gilmore Green (or Gilmore Ian Rodrigo Green) was born May 13, 1912, in Toronto, Canada, the son of Margaret Julia MacChonechy and a father he never knew. He took the name of his stepfather, and thus became Gil Evans. His stepfather was a miner, whereas his mother took care of the children of rich families, and prepared meals for campsites. Moving wherever work would take them, they went from one North-American mining site to the next, including Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and such Northwestern U.S. states as Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Their child was put in boarding houses, moving from one family to the next, until they finally settled permanently in California, around 1922


The Bootleg Series Volume 21: To Be Likened Later, Spring 65: The Forgotten Gil Evans Sessions

Label: April 1st Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: CD 1: Studio Chatter; Love Is Just A Four Letter Word (partial); Love Is Just A Four Letter Word (complete acoustic take); Studio chatter; Ballad of Hollis Brown; Gil takes notes; Ballad of Hollis Brown (Gil’s piano version); More chatter; Farewell Angelina; Gil’s excitement; Bob responds; Mr. Tamborine Man (acoustic takes 1 &2); Love Minus Zero/No Limit; Chatter. CD 2: Gil Explains to Assembled Musicians; Warm-up; Fingerprint Smile (false starts, takes 1-4); Breakdown; Stardust; Orchestra run through; Stardust; Spoken word Straight Street; Studio chatter; Love Minus Zero/No Limit (full orchestration); Days of Us Not Forgotten. (snippet); Don’t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes (false start); Don’t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes (takes 1-3); Chatter; Ballad of Hollis Brown. CD 3: Love Is Just A Four Letter Word (orchestral version); Love Is Just A Four Letter Word (master take); Don’t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes (master take); Fingerprint Smile (takes 1-4); Dylan break down; Chatter; Days of Us Not Forgotten (version with trumpet); Gil gets down to business; Chimes of Freedom (warm up); Chimes of Freedom (take 1). CD 4: Chimes of Freedom (master); Chatter; Days of Us Not Forgotten (breakdown); Farewell Angelina (run through); Farewell Angelina (master); Joshua Gone Barbados (Dylan solo); Joanna’s Bracelets (whole session); Gil’s Interlude; Chatter.


Article: Album Review

Doncaster Jazz Alumni: 50 Years

Read "50 Years" reviewed by Neil Duggan

The problem for John Ellis UK as a teacher of brass instruments in the West Riding of Yorkshire, was that there were few resources or equipment available for him to teach his students the skills they needed and take them to the level that would enable them to have a career in music. He wanted to ...


Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day Black Friday 2023: Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day Black Friday 2023: Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

For many, Black Friday conjures up images of massive crowds battling each other to get their hands on marked down gift items at huge department stores. For record collectors, though, the scene is much less dramatic because Black Friday is one of two yearly Record Store Day drops. This is where limited run albums hit the ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Carla Bley: A View from her Hill, Part 2

Read "Carla Bley: A View from her Hill, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Artistically ambitious, a rare woman in a male dominated scene, taking the road less travelled, or even the road never travelled, and with her feet well on the ground business-wise to ensure her artistic independence, Carla Bley played a key role in shaping today's music scene. This week we concentrate on some of her signature compositions, ...


Article: Album Review

Palle Mikkelborg / Jakob Bro / Marilyn Mazur: Strands

Read "Strands" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Strands brings together three of Denmark's finest artists, in their ancestral home. Palle Mikkelborg and Marilyn Mazur have a substantial history together, as does Jakob Bro but to a lesser extent. Bro penned five of the six compositions, one with Mikkelborg, who also contributed one of his pieces. In a storied career which dates to the ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bill Evans, Nicholas Payton, Billie Holiday & Hannah Gill

Read "Bill Evans, Nicholas Payton, Billie Holiday & Hannah Gill" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From rising star Canadian vocalist Hannah Gill, we begin the 824th Episode of Neon Jazz with music from her release Everybody Loves a Love quicklly followed by one if her musicial influences, Billie Holiday. We also get a dose of new music from Pablo Masis, Nicholas Payton and John Lang. In between, we hear tunes from ...


Article: Album Review

Russell Scarbrough: Fun Times

Read "Fun Times" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bandleader Russell Scarbrough has an intriguing motto: “If it's not fun, we're not doing it right!" He also had an intriguing way of recording his debut album, Fun Times, to which an entire review could be devoted. Suffice to say that the individual parts were taped in isolation owing to the Covid pandemic and sent to ...


Article: Album Review

Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra: Open Spaces

Read "Open Spaces" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The subtitle of this album is “Folk Songs Reimagined" and Daniel Hersog uses a very liberal meaning for the term “folk song" here. He includes traditional folk songs on this album, in addition to familiar tunes by Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot and his own folk-based compositions. All are given a glistening polish in the sweeping ...


Article: Interview

François Houle: Insider Listening that Makes You Clever

Read "François Houle: Insider Listening that Makes You Clever" reviewed by Kerilie McDowall

Canadians and local Vancouverites have been in awe at BC, Canada's prestigious regular rising star clarinetist François Houle's international ranking status. Houle creates brilliantly fascinating compositions and such clever, innovative work. He has released seven albums as a leader from 2022-2023 and has four more plus on the way. Incredibly he will have released 11 albums ...


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