Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique
If you are looking for the smooth-edged collaborations Gil Evans made with Miles Davis, then this is not for you. In the way that Miles moved on to much more complex stuff, so with Gil Evans.

I think this is an outstanding session that I have never ceased to listen to with interest and satisfaction. As is always the case with Gil Evans, there are some superb...
Published on 2 Jun 2007 by Big A

versus
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Individualism Of Gil Evans
Most peole will have come to Gil Evans as a consequence of his involvement with Miles Davis and their trio of LPs, 'Miles Ahead', 'Porgy And Bess' and 'Sketches Of Spain'. There are elements of the textures found on these earlier classics but much of 'The Individualism Of Gil Evans' fails to reach the heights achieved on these above named classics. That is not to say the...
Published on 31 Mar 2006 by Robert W. Palmer


Most Helpful First | Newest First

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, 2 Jun 2007
By 
Big A (Bodrum, Turkey) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Individualism Of... /Vrv (Audio CD)
If you are looking for the smooth-edged collaborations Gil Evans made with Miles Davis, then this is not for you. In the way that Miles moved on to much more complex stuff, so with Gil Evans.

I think this is an outstanding session that I have never ceased to listen to with interest and satisfaction. As is always the case with Gil Evans, there are some superb individual performances on each track.

The only quibble I have is that the vinyl version was true to the orchestral seating, which the CD is not. And this detracts from the pleasure of listening to this intriguing recording.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly wonky work of discordant genius, 13 Nov 2009
By 
T. J. Kershaw "Tim Kershaw" (Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: The Individualism Of... /Vrv (Audio CD)
I am by any measure a huge fan of Gil Evans. Heck, I even like his collaboration with Miles on Quiet Nights, let alone the sublime lyrical heights of Porgy and Bess and the dynamite explosions of Miles Ahead.
But this is my favourite. Evans' constant search for new phrasings and sounds puts many people off, it can be like a squirt of lime on a cut lip sometimes, and his embracing of ensemble improvisation can lead to what is best described as "informal" rhythmic structures. Yet on this album, the stretching out of the pieces, the lolloping gait of the tempo, the discordant phrasing, all come together to produce a kind of sleazy late-night glamour that is like nothing else.
If you're new to Jazz, I envy your new-eared induction to this wonderful world, but this may not be the best place to start. If you're a few years into your journey and are ready to up the ante a little and try a bit of the hard stuff, then this is (for me) Evans' most complete work. It's not at all inaccessible; it has pretty tunes as well as moments of grandeur, but this is the sound of exploration and surprise. It's an austere St Estephe that reveals its subtle charms to those that open their ears and minds rather than an easy glugging Merlot that neither offends nor delights anyone. Late night music with a bitter-sweet twist.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterwork, 11 Nov 2008
By 
M. Mcsweeney "Mike" (Kent UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: The Individualism Of... /Vrv (Audio CD)
If the earlier 3 star review had predated my purchase of this work, I'd have possibly been swayed off. Thankfully it didn't. Put aside Train "sound-alike" observations, "no groove" and other negative views of that reviewer and form your own opinion by listening and re-listening to this classic Evans' work. Listen to it as a whole. If you find an extraordinary groove and a compelling and hypnotic richly structured soundscape, interjected with sympathetic structured solos fitting seamlessly in Evans' orchestral magic, then welcome! Maybe it will, in time, find its way into your Desert Island shortlist.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gil the Genius, 19 Mar 2013
This review is from: The Individualism Of... /Vrv (Audio CD)
If you like Gil Evans' work with Miles Davis and his Out of the Cool, you'll like this. Some startling compositions -- 'Hotel Me' with its romping rhythm, the stunning 'Las Vegas Tango' -- and some splendid covers, Willie Dixon's 'Spoonful' (with the LP's edit cuts reinstated) and a beautifully funereal go at Kurt Weil's 'Barbara Song'. Great arrangements and great playing. Listen especially to Elvin Jones' excellent drumming. A classic.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Individualism Of Gil Evans, 31 Mar 2006
This review is from: The Individualism Of... /Vrv (Audio CD)
Most peole will have come to Gil Evans as a consequence of his involvement with Miles Davis and their trio of LPs, 'Miles Ahead', 'Porgy And Bess' and 'Sketches Of Spain'. There are elements of the textures found on these earlier classics but much of 'The Individualism Of Gil Evans' fails to reach the heights achieved on these above named classics. That is not to say the CD does not have merit; 'Concorde' and 'Spoonful' are highlights but 'Las Vegas Tango' sounds laboured and 'Hotel Me' plods. 'Barracuda' has something but not enough of it and 'Flute Song' is pretty enough, although at 2 minutes, what could possibly go wrong? An early Wayne Shorter performance shows why he was accused of being a Coltrane clone but appearances by Thad Jones and Phil Woods are nice enough. Elvin Jones is unusually reserved until 'Concorde' so, if you are looking for fireworks, look elsewhere. Several of the tracks have two or more bass players on them but, don't be fooled, there is barely a groove in sight.
Definately not a 'must have' but, for completists, it may be worth a listen.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Individualism Of...  /Vrv
The Individualism Of... /Vrv by Gil Evans (Audio CD - 2004)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews