Gil Evans



Ian Ernest Gilmore "Gil" Evans (born Green; May 13, 1912 - March 20, 1988) was a Canadian jazz pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader. He played an important role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz and jazz fusion, and collaborated extensively with Miles Davis. Early life: Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, his name was changed early on from Green to Evans, the name of his stepfather. His family moved to Stockton, California where he spent most of his youth. After 1946, he lived and worked primarily in New York City, living for many years at Westbeth Artists Community. Career: Between 1941 and 1948, Evans worked as an arranger for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra. Evans' modest basement apartment behind a New York City Chinese laundry soon became a meeting place for musicians looking to develop new musical styles outside of the dominant bebop style of the day. Those present included the leading bebop performer, Charlie Parker, as well as Gerry Mulligan and...

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On Jun 9, 2012. 1:43pm
Rockett 88 said

One of favourite pieces - such a great bass line running thru it but being composed by Willie Dixon a bassist himself it shows how great bass can be -

On Jul 27, 2012. 6:02pm
johnny greenan said

WOW.......great to hear some unknown Gil Evans charts, this is a suitable remembrance album, "CENTENNIAL" by Brian Truesdell.......thanks ABC FM JAZZ for the air-play Jazz makes it all worth while ----

On May 13, 2015. 8:40pm
Christopher Lynch said

Along with so much of his other output, I particularly remain in awe of Gil's sublime work with Miles on "Sketches Of Spain", despite first hearing this astonishing recording way back in the sixties as a wonderstruck youth.
Back in the seventies a jazz-loving colleague, Neil, kindly introduced me to "Svengali", another musical treat. (Thanks again Neil if you're reading this.)

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