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  • 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)
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This masterpiece came to my knowledge from the Magazine BBC Jazz Legends and after I verified the orchestra arrangements in Miles Davis' SKETHCHES OF SPAIN. Gill Evans gives a great performance on piano and conducting the orchestra. The opening piece, LA NEVADA is his composition and it is remarkable, really cool and it lasts more than fifteen minutes. The rest of the album keeps the mood and shows musicanship, good taste and elegance. The orchestra and the arrangement keep the jazz flavour and add colors throughout the whole set. The personel includes Elvin Jones on percussion, who is well known by his work with John Coltrane. The orchestra has everything well set and in the right place. I also highlight the wonderful winds, especially in the track STRATUSPHUNK. The whole set is brilliant and it is clear why Davis worked with Evans in SKETCHES. The albums is considered the best of Evans in his early period (it was originally issued in 1961).
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.
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This is the record that opened my ears to the genius of Gil Evans and which ultimately pushed open a number of doors in to Classical music and more adventurous streams of jazz. Gil Evans became my musical hero and the weirdness of tracks such as "Bilbao Song" and "Where flamingoes fly" revealed a whole world of alternative possibilities beyond those offered by the likes of Fletcher Henderson, Spike Hughes and the great Duke Ellington - arrangers who had previously grabbed my attention when I was discovering jazz. The harmonic palette of big band writing always appealed to me but this record took my experience to a whole new dimension. It is probably the record that has had more influence on me than anything else.

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.
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Like the previous reviewer, I love this music Which is a timeless classic and would not add to his comments on it but find the packaging somewhat disappointing. I agree with his critisism of the sleeve notes and recording information (or rather lack of!) which is unusual for Impulse.We jazz enthusiasts just have this information, if only to argue with each other about! Anyway, I prefer the old fashioned jewel case and booklet insert to cardboard packaging.
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.
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I could never mark a CD down on packaging grounds personally, but may mention this in the review. I personally prefer the Impulse CD packaging to the oh so awkward jewel case.

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!
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I listen to this cd when I'm painting because it has an understated tension that inspires creativity. The french horn in Where flamingos fly is totally haunting. I love this cd and will never get rid of it. A suite of tracks carrying a quiet cool buzz through the evening.
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