Friday, February 10, 2017

Gil Evans - 1974 - The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix

Gil Evans 
The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix 

01. Angel                                
02. Crosstown Traffic                    
03. Medley                              
  a. Castles Made From Sand      
  b. Foxy Lady      
04. Up From The Skies                    
05. 1983--A Merman I Should Turn To Be    
06. Voodoo Chile                        
07. Gypsy Eyes                          
08. Little Wing                          
09. Angel (alt tk)                      
10. Castles Made Of Sand (alt tk)        
11. Up From The Skies (alt tk)          
12. Gypsy Eyes (alt tk)                  
Arrangements, Conductor Gil Evans
Trumpet Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson
Trumpet Lew Soloff
Horn Peter Gordon
Horn, Synthesizer Pete Levin
Trombone Tom Malone
Bass Clarinet, Tuba Howard Johnson (tubist, etc.)
Saxophone David Sanborn
Reeds Billy Harper
Reeds Trevor Koehler
Keyboards Dave Horowitz
Guitar Keith Loving
Guitar John Abercrombie
Guitar Ryo Kawasaki
Bass Michael Moore
Bass Don Pate
Drums Bruce Ditmas
Percussion Warren Smith
Percussion Sue Evans
Trumpet Ernie Royal
Horn Jon Clarke
Trombone, Tuba Joe Daley
Tuba Bob Stewart
Reeds George Adams (saxophonist)
Bass Herb Bushler
Bass Paul Metzke
Drums Tony Williams
Percussion Joe Gallivan

This CD reissue (which adds additional material to the original LP program) is much more successful than one might have expected. Jimi Hendrix was scheduled to record with Gil Evans' orchestra, but died before the session could take place. A few years later, Evans explored ten of Hendrix's compositions with his unique 19-piece unit, an orchestra that included two French horns; the tuba of Howard Johnson; three guitars; two basses; two percussionists; and such soloists as altoist David Sanborn, trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Billy Harper on tenor, and guitarists Ryo Kawasaki and John Abercrombie. Evans' arrangements uplift many of Hendrix's more blues-oriented compositions and create a memorable set that is rock-oriented, but retains the improvisation and personality of jazz. [This album was re-released in 2002 on the Bluebird label with four bonus tracks from the same sessions.]

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