Gil Evans Orchestra - Great Jazz Standards - Blue Note Tone Poet Series 180 Gram Vil

Gil Evans Orchestra - Great Jazz Standards - Blue Note Tone Poet Series 180 Gram Vil

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The brilliant Gil Evans had already collaborated with Miles Davis on Birth of the Cool & Miles Ahead when he made his two excellent albums for World Pacific - New Bottle Old Wine & Great Jazz Standards , the latter featuring Johnny Coles, Steve Lacy etc.

Blue Note Records has announced the 2023 line-up for the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series. The acclaimed series is produced by the "Tone Poet" Joe Harley and features all-analog, 180-gram audiophile vinyl reissues that are mastered directly from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio.

Tone Poet vinyl is manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, California, and packaged in deluxe gatefold tip-on jackets. The titles were once again handpicked by Harley and include acknowledged treasures of the Blue Note catalog as well as underrated classics, modern era standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note umbrella including Pacific Jazz.

The brilliant arranger, composer, and pianist Gil Evans had already collaborated with Miles Davis on Birth of the Cooland Miles Ahead and made his own debut album Gil Evans & Ten for Prestige when he signed with World Pacific Records in 1958 and made the first of two albums for the label: New Bottle Old Wine with featured soloist Cannonball Adderley. The next year Evans was back in the studio to record the follow-up Great Jazz Standards with two different ensembles featuring the likes of trumpeter Johnny Coles, trombonists Curtis Fuller and Jimmy Cleveland, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Budd Johnson, guitarist Ray Crawford, drummer Elvin Jones, and others. As the title promises, the album presents a program of great jazz standards leading off with Bix Beiderbecke's "Davenport Blues," a showcase for Coles, before launching into a shimmering version of Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser" where Coles, Lacy, Fuller, and Evans all get the spotlight. A stunning presentation of Fran Landesman and Tommy Wolf's "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" and a no-nonsense take on Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring" close out the first side. On the flipside, John Lewis' "Django" gets an impressionistic arrangement full of surprises, while a modernistic version of Don Redman's "Chant of the Weed" is a solo vehicle for Johnson's clarinet. The album culminates with a soaring performance of the Evans original "Theme," later known as "La Nevada."


Side A
Davenport Blues
Straight No Chaser
Ballad Of The Sad Young Men
Joy Spring
 
Side B
Django
Chant Of The Weed
Theme