Gil Evans

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Krentz Ratings:
Gil Evans and Ten (1957), 5.5/10
Out of the Cool (1960), 7/10
Into the Hot (1961), 6.5/10
Blues in Orbit (1969), 6/10

Gil Evans (1912), the legendary Canadian-born arranger of Claude Thornhill and Miles Davis, wasted his talent with collections of jazz standards arranged for large ensemble, starting with Gil Evans and Ten (september 1957), that featured Steve Lacy on soprano and Lee Konitz on alto. His arranging and composing skills are better represented by Out of the Cool (december 1960), with his La Nevada and George Russell's Stratusphunk. Into The Hot (october 1961) was mainly a showcase for composer Johnny Carisi, who penned Moon Taj and Angkor Wat, two early examples of abstract soundpaintings. Evans was influential in blending acoustic and electric instruments, starting with Blues in Orbit (may 1969), titled after George Russell's Blues in Orbit.

Gil Evans died in 1988.

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