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Blues in Orbit [CASSETTE]

Gil Evans, Gil Evans & the Monday Night Orchestra Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (7 May 1992)
  • Label: Enja
  • ASIN: B00008FOIL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

1. Thoroughbred
2. Spaced
3. Love in the Open
4. Variation on the Misery
5. Blues in Orbit
6. Proclamation
7. General Assembly
8. So Long

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fusion with big band overtones 24 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Admiteddly, I'm anything BUT a fusion fan, so I bought this album because it said on the back it was done before Gil Evans started his explorations in electric fusion...
HOWEVER, that's not entirely true, since the electric guitar of Joe Beck is one of the main voices of these orchestrations and, in addition to normal piano, Gil also plays some sort of electric piano as well... BUT I'm not disappointed for buying this gem.
Surrounded by real all-star roster of musicians (in two big-band sized bands), Gil heavily relies on all sort of modern approaches to jazz - including psychodelic-free jazz, working beautifuly and ccreating something quite diverse.
I can't speak for fusion fans, but this is a rich and sometimes surprising album that might very well appeal to us mainstream-to-modern jazz fans, with other principal voices including Jimmy Cleveland on trombone and Billy Harper on saxophones...
The who-is-who of late 60s and early 70s includes Elvin Jones or Alphonse Mouzon on drums, Hubert Laws on flute, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Johnny Coles, Snooky Young on trumpet...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Unpredictable, and Unexpected - A Classic! 14 Jun 2007
By L. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Legendary arranger Gil Evans made his first recording as a leader since the mid 1960's with this album. He led an orchestra considered a transition between his 1950s groups and his somewhat electric band of the 1970s (though though track 1, Thoroughbred, and track 5, Blues In Orbit, were actually recorded in 1971). His arrangement of George Russell's "Blues in Orbit" is exquisite and Evans utilizes sidemen Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Howard Johnson (tuba), Billy Harper (saxophone), and Joe Beck (guitar) in many unimaginable ways, showing his unique brilliance with suppleness and sublety.

All tracks were recorded in New York. Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 were all recorded in 1969.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Fusion at its Best 14 Nov 2006
By directions - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Though not the Gil Evans album to start with (that would be "Out of the Cool"), "Blues in Orbit" is a fascinating transition between Gil Evan's earlier acoustic classics to his not so amazing fusion period, while still in keeping with his progressive hard bop meets big band sound. "Blues in Orbit" has a few songs (such as the opening track) that sound relatively conventional while others (such as the title track)are fusion with aspects of free jazz. Gil Evans was obviously keeping up with the times (remember that he was going to collaborate with Jimi Hendrix and when that didn't materialize, recorded an entire album of his compositions) and though he didn't compose much or tour much at the time (that would change) "Blues in Orbit" sounds more vital, raw and energetic than most of 70's fusion (except for Miles of course) would even approach.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fusion with big band overtones 24 April 2011
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Admiteddly, I'm anything BUT a fusion fan, so I bought this album because it said on the back it was done before Gil Evans started his explorations in electric fusion...
HOWEVER, that's not entirely true, since the electric guitar of Joe Beck is one of the main voices of these orchestrations and, in addition to normal piano, Gil also plays some sort of electric piano as well... BUT I'm not disappointed for buying this gem.
Surrounded by real all-star roster of musicians (in two big-band sized bands), Gil heavily relies on all sort of modern approaches to jazz - including psychodelic-free jazz, working beautifuly and ccreating something quite diverse.
I can't speak for fusion fans, but this is a rich and sometimes surprising album that might very well appeal to us mainstream-to-modern jazz fans, with other principal voices including Jimmy Cleveland on trombone and Billy Harper on saxophones...
The who-is-who of late 60s and early 70s includes Elvin Jones or Alphonse Mouzon on drums, Hubert Laws on flute, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Johnny Coles, Snooky Young on trumpet...
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy psychedelic jazz, baby! 28 July 2002
By Paul J. Escamilla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but with a name like "Blues in Orbit", you have to guess it's going to be 'out there', and it is. In a very good way.
Basically what you have here is Gil Evans and Orchestra doing kind of a funky Sun Ra Arkestra impersonation/homage. It's trippy and free and drenched in lysergic acid.
This is jazz like I always wished for. It takes decades of tradition and just flies with it into outer space.
Highly recommended to fans of psychedelia, Coltrane, and Sun Ra.
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