12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2005
A landmark album which pretty much tells you all you need to know about Gil Evans - plus of course his work with Miles Davis on 'Miles Ahead' etc. Understated, subtle and producing some great solos from the musicians. And it doesn't come much cooler than this. 'Sister Sadie' is a bonus track not on the original 1961 LP.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2007
I've been buying jazz albums for nearly 40 years and can't believe I only found this recently, after catching the end of a documentary on the man.
The arranements, especially the use of the lower brass, are outstanding. Check out Sunken Treasure. Nearly 50 years ago some of the harmony must have seemed radical. The instrumental playing is also great with Ron Carter on bass thundering away. I've loved the music of Carla Bley for years - now I know where she got some of her inspiration.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In my humble opinion it was Gil Evans who invented Miles Davis as most of us know him. Having started professionally with Parker playing bebop, Davis later came under the influence of Gil Evans who was the driving force and inspiration behind the set of 1949 recordings known as "The Birth Of The Cool" (that was initially a commercial flop until re-released on LP in 1959 when they were truly appreciated and were a commercial success for him, but more so Davis). In association with Gil Evans Davis has by then produced the three best selling albums that made him a star: "Miles Ahead", " Porgy and Bess" and "Sketches of Spain".
This is an album (1960) of music either written by, or arranged by, Gil Evans, the pianist better known as composer and arranger. It is performed by a band of up to fifteen musicians some of whom were well known including: .johnny Coles, Jimmy Knepper, Ron Carter and Elvin Jones. However the names of individuals is totally irrelevant, this is music played by the whole band. It is full of grace and emotion.
Just six tracks (note that there seems to be another release with just five tracks; no "Sister Sadie") ranging from the descriptive "La Nevada" (16 min) to the emotional "Where Flamingos Fly" via the funky " Stratusphunk".
This is a ground breaking album in the mode of the very best Ellington, or latterly Carla Bley (presumeably a disciple). Deserves six, seven or eight stars!