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Miles Davis & Gil Evans, It Ain’t Necessarily So.

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The Gil Evans Orchestra (Usa, 1961) - Out of the cool

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Miles Ahead was released on 21 October 1957. It was 31-year-old Miles Davis’ first collaboration with arranger Gil Evans since the “Birth of the Cool” recording sessions in 1950.

Evans utilized a 19-piece orchestra – consisting of 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 3 French horns, as well as bass, clarinet, drums, flute, piano, saxophone, and tuba – with Davis playing the flugelhorn, and the only soloist on the recording.

Davis was reportedly displeased with the original album cover (“Why’d you put that white bitch on there?” Davis reportedly joked to the Columbia Records producer) and subsequent pressings included a photo of Davis on the cover).

Ryan Truesdell on Hidden Gil Evans Gems

Ryan Truesdell, who has recorded two magnificently executed and recorded albums of Gil Evans scores, identifies some hidden gems in Gil’s canon, including the Gerry Mulligan Sextet recording of La Plus Que Lente, which appears on our Mosaic LP set Gerry Mulligan: The Emarcy Sextet Recordings (3008). Honestly, until Ryan’s column, I didn’t even know this was Gil’s arrangement!

-Michael Cuscuna


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