- Audio CD (15 Oct. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
- Label: Verve
- ASIN: B000VS6OO2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Out of the Cool Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, 15 Oct 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
The packaging... Well, the names of the whole band are there and the original sleevenotes. I do admit this work should have and edition with proper care and bonus tracks and that is missing. However for the price it is quite aceptable and enjoyable. The most important thing is the sound and it sounds pretty well. For specialists and fans it is advisable to look for a special edition. For those of us who are buying the album for the very first time I find the material is properly given.
Five stars, no doubt. This is clearly a classic. The critics who led us to this album were right indeed.
Returning to Gil's music, it is fascinating to see just how jazz composition has evolved. These days we are used to hearing the likes of John Hollenbeck, Jim McNeely, Bob Brookmeyer or former Evans student Maria Schneider pushing the boundaries with jazz compositions for larger ensembles. Big band jazz has evolved considerably with composition being the one area where jazz seems to evolve at an unstoppable pace. Even the likes of Mike Gibbs or Carla Bley are very much part of the mainstream these days. Winding back to 1960, this record actually marks a turning point in Evans' writing. The more detailed scores of the collaborations with Miles Davis are replaced by a minimal approach, "La Nevada" being a modal jam session with little arrangement and presaging the kind of approach that Evans would employ in the 1980's. This track always blew me away, the infectious groove and chain of brilliant soloists including the brilliant Jonny Coles and former Earl Hines' side man, Budd Johnson being irresistible.Read more ›
Unlike the previous reviewer, however, I think it is a bit harsh to deduct three stars because of this. Hence my four star review which would have been five for the music alone. Pity about the very short playing time of 37 minutes though.
Anyway this album is just superb - and shows off Gil Evans great skills as a consummate musician/arranger/conductor, and happily sits in my collection along with the 3 more widely known Miles Davis collaborations (Sketches of Spain/Miles Ahead/Porgy and Bess). From the opening piano on Nevada, with such a glorious intro, through a further 5 pieces covering a wide emotional and dynamic range, it allows a degree of introspection whilst providing novelty and stimulation in equal measure. I would not want to isolate any particular piece but celebrate the unity of the album, covering Gil's work in it's entirety.
So, a very high recommendation - representing jazz orchestra rather than big band as such, if such a difference can be made. Exceptional!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Musician-composer-arranger Gil Evans achieved his legendary status primarily through his work with Miles Davis, but this 1960 recording confirmed that Evans was more than capable... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Keith M
I add this note to buyers that this CD only has five tracks on it (all marvellous) but there is an alternate release with six tracks. Check which you wish to buy!Published on 23 Dec. 2014 by R. Bawden jazz fan
Following on from his three classic albums with Miles Davis, this is Evans' best ever album. Stand-out tracks are the long, swinging 'La Nevada', and the dark, moody 'Where... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2013 by Paul of London