Fusion with big band overtones,
This review is from: Blues in Orbit (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...