Gil Evans : Great Jazz Standards

Gil Evans : Great Jazz Standards


Gil Evans (piano, arranger, director), Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, Allen Smith, Danny Stiles (trumpet), Curtis Fuller, Dick Lieb, Jimmy Cleveland, Rod Levitt (trombone), Bob Northern, Earl Chapin (French horn), Bill Barber (tuba), Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Budd Johnson (tenor sax, clarinet), Al Block, Ed Caine (reeds), Chuck Wayne, Ray Crawford (guitar), Dick Carter, Tommy Potter (bass), Elvin Jones, Dennis Charles (drums)

World Pacific 1270

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Davenport Blues
A2 - Straight No Chaser
A3 - Ballad of the Sad Young Men
A4 - Joy Spring
B1 - Django
B2 - Chant of the Weed
B3 - La Nevada (Theme)

Recorded on February 5, 1959 in New York City.

Great Jazz Standards was recorded when Evans was red-hot from two successes with Miles Davis: Miles Ahead and Porgy And Bess.

Evans' signature brass choir is in place, creatively voiced, spaciously arranged, a supple, multi-coloured, sonically surprising counterpoint to a succession of superb soloists. The added bonus, for Evans' projects, is the foregrounding of saxophone and clarinet soloists Steve Lacy and Budd Johnson. Lacy and the original swing-to-bop missing link, Johnson, are the ones who will make the hair on your neck curl.

Lacy's solos on Monk's "Straight No Chaser" and John Lewis' "Django" must be some of the finest pre-free improvisations he recorded, already heading from quirky to out-there. Johnson's clarinet solo on Don Redman's spooky, swing-meets-whole tone classic, "Chant Of The Weed," and slow-burning, stirring tenor solo on Evans' "La Nevada" are some of the finest the all-but-forgotten genius ever recorded. Trumpeter Johnny Coles, has the inevitable misfortune of being compared to Miles Davis and being found to be... different. Sunny, open and extroverted, he may not be a stylist of Davis' proportions, but he's an enjoyable alternative foil for Evans' arrangements.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.