Gil Evans & Ten

Gil Evans & Ten


Gil Evans (piano), Zeke Tolin (alto sax), Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Jihn Carisi, Louis Mucci, Jake Koven (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Bart Varsalona (bass trombone), Dave Kurtzer (bassoon), Willie Ruff (French horn), Paul Chambers (bass), Jo Jones, Nick Stabulas (drums)

Prestige 7120

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Remember
A2 - Ella Speed
A3 - Big Stuff
4. Nobody's Heart
5. Just One Of Those Things
6. If You Could See Me Now
7. Jambangle

Recorded on September 9 & 27 and October 10, 1957 at Rudy Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Gil Evans & Ten (also released as Big Stuff and Gil Evans) is the first album by pianist, conductor, arranger and composer Gil Evans as a leader.In 1957, Miles Davis, high on the success of his recent collaborations with his old friend Gil Evans, persuaded Prestige Records to give Evans his own record date. Evans packed the resulting album with the brilliance that music insiders had recognized since his days as an arranger for Claude Thornhill in the 1940s and his work on Davis' Birth of the Cool recordings. Writing for only 11 instruments, Evans used his wizardry with dynamics, motion and harmonic voicings to create orchestral effects suggesting a substantially larger orchestra. His settings stimulated his musicians to inspired improvisation. Among the soloists are trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, saxophonists Steve Lacy and Lee Konitz, and Evans himself, making his first recorded appearance as a pianist.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions, 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analogue master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of-the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.