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Evans, Gil 1912-1988

Works: 738 works in 2,192 publications in 11 languages and 16,542 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Jazz  Drama  Musical films  Scores  Film adaptations  Educational films  Internet videos  Music videos  Concert films 
Roles: Conductor, Performer, Arranger, Author, Instrumentalist, Composer, Singer, Other, Adapter, per, Producer, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: M1366, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gil Evans
Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis( Recording )

118 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin( Recording )

73 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Besetzung des Orchesters siehe Plattentasche
Miles ahead by Miles Davis( Recording )

89 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This album is perhaps most significant for the process it set in motion -- the collaboration between Gil Evans and Miles Davis that would produce Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain, two of Davis' best albums. That said, this album is a miracle in itself, the result of a big gamble on the part of Columbia Records, who put together Evans and Davis, who hadn't worked together since recording the critically admired but commercially unsuccessful sides that would later be issued as The Birth of the Cool. Columbia also allowed Evans to assemble a 19-piece band for the recordings, at a time when big bands were far out of fashion and also at a time when the resulting recordings could not be released until two years in the future (because of Davis' contractual obligations with Prestige). Davis was also expected to carry the album as its only soloist, and manage not to get lost among a cast of supporting musicians that included a huge horn section. To a large extent, he succeeds. Evans' arrangements in particular are well-suited to the format, and he and Davis formed a deep and close partnership where ideas were swapped back and forth, nurtured, and developed long before they were expressed in the studio. Davis gets off to a great start, with the hyper-kinetic "Springsville," which seems to almost perfectly embody Evans' and Davis' partnership with its light, flexible exchanges between soloist and orchestra. He is strongest on the ballads, though, where his subdued and wistful tone rises high above the hushed accompaniment, especially on "Miles Ahead" and "Blues for Pablo" (which foreshadows the bluesy, Latin-tinged sound of Sketches of Spain). The upbeat "I Don't Want to Be Kissed (By Anyone but You)" is another strong song, but shows the weakness of the format as Davis intersperses a charming, bright, technically challenging solo with a blasting horn section that occasionally buries him. It is a fine end, however, to an album that gave a hint of the greatness that would come as Evans and Davis fine-tuned their partnership over the course of the next several years. Stacia Proefrock
Out of the cool by Gil Evans( Recording )

64 editions published between 1960 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guitar forms by Kenny Burrell( Recording )

28 editions published between 1965 and 1997 in 5 languages and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete Columbia studio recordings by Miles Davis( Recording )

22 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gil Evans & ten by Gil Evans( Recording )

19 editions published between 1957 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miles Davis the cool jazz sound by Miles Davis( Visual )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features the music Miles created with arranger Gil Evans and conductor Quincy Jones, along with the Gil Evans Orchestra and the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band
Bird the original recordings of Charlie Parker by Charlie Parker( Recording )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quiet nights by Miles Davis( Recording )

34 editions published between 1962 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gil Evans by Gil Evans( Recording )

23 editions published between 1970 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The individualism of Gil Evans by Gil Evans( Recording )

31 editions published between 1964 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birth of the cool by Miles Davis( )

1 edition published in 2002 and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Svengali by Gil Evans( Recording )

39 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Al Jarreau live in Europe look to the rainbow by Astrud Gilberto( Recording )

24 editions published between 1966 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall [the complete concert] by Miles Davis( Recording )

9 editions published between 1961 and 2009 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blues in orbit by Gil Evans( )

21 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dream of you by Helen Merrill( Recording )

15 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is Lucy Reed by Lucy Reed( )

6 editions published between 1957 and 2008 in English and German and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Absolute beginners by Julien Temple( Visual )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musical drama set in London, 1958. Film portrays lower class youths emerging from post-war privations and struggling to achieve mobility in the face of withering class, racial and economic barriers
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Birth of the cool
Alternative Names

controlled identityHenry, Cleo

Evans, Gilmore 1912-1988

Gil Evans American pianist

Gil Evans americký klavírista

Gil Evans amerykański muzyk jazzowy

Gil Evans Canadees pianist (1912-1988)

Gil Evans direttore d'orchestra, compositore e pianista canadese

Gil Evans kanadischer Jazzmusiker

Green, Ian Earnest Gilmore, 1912-

Green, Ian Ernest Gilmore.

Green, Ian Ernest Gilmore, 1912-1988

Green, Jan Ernest Gilmore 1912-1988

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