Friday, February 10, 2017

Gil Evans - 1975 - There Comes a Time

Gil Evans 
There Comes a Time

01. King Porter Stomp 3:48
02. There Comes A Time 16:10
03. Makes Her Move 1:25
04. Little Wing 5:03
05. The Meaning Of The Blues 5:51
06. Aftermath The Fourth Movement Children Of The Fire 5:45
07. Anita's Dance 2:53

Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – David Sanborn
Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Howard Johnson
Celesta [Celeste], Timpani [Tympani], Congas, Cowbell – Sue Evans
Drums – Tony Williams (tracks: A1, A3 to B4), Bruce Ditmas (tracks: A2)
Electric Bass – Herb Bushler (tracks: A1, A3 to B4), Paul Metzke (tracks: A2)
Electric Guitar – Ryo Kawasaki
French Horn – John Clark, Pete Levin, Peter Gordon
Percussion [Vibes], Marimba, Chimes, Gong, Drum [Tuned] – Warren Smith
Percussion, Tabla, Cuica – Bruce Ditmas
Piano, Electric Piano, Percussion [Celeste] – Gil Evans
Steel Guitar, Synthesizer [Drums], Bells – Joe Gallivan
Synthesizer – Paul Metzke
Synthesizer, Organ – David Horowitz, Pete Levin
Synthesizer, Piccolo Flute – Tom Malone
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Billy Harper, George Adams
Trombone – Joe Daley, Tom Malone
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Ernie Royal, Lew Soloff
Trumpet, Koto, Vocals – Hannibal Marvin Peterson
Tuba – Bob Stewart (tracks: A1 to B1, B4), Howard Johnson, Joe Daley (tracks: B2, B3), Tom Malone

This CD reissue of Gil Evans' There Comes a Time differs greatly from the original LP of the same name. Not only are there three previously unreleased performances ("Joy Spring," "So Long," and "Buzzard Variation"), but "The Meaning of the Blues" has been expanded from six minutes to 20, and two numbers, "Little Wing" and "Aftermath the Fourth Movement/Children of the Fire," have been dropped (the former was reissued on Evans' Jimi Hendrix tribute album) and the remaining four tracks were re-edited and remixed under Evans' direction. So in reality, this 1987 CD was really a "new" record when it came out. The remake of "King Porter Stomp," with altoist David Sanborn in Cannonball Adderley's spot, is a classic. The "new" version of "The Meaning of the Blues" is memorable, and overall the music (which also has solos by Billy Harper and George Adams on tenors, along with trumpeter Lew Soloff) is quite rewarding, it's a creative big band fusion that expertly mixes together acoustic and electric instruments. This was one of Gil Evans' last truly great sets.



  2. This one I have not heard. His big band could be quite a beast. Many thanks.