Gil Evans Orchestra – Blues In Orbit. Label: Enja Records – enja 3069. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album. Blues In Orbit (LP, Album, RP). PGP RTB, Enja Records.
Blues in Orbit (Gil Evans album). Blues in Orbit is an album by jazz composer, arranger, conductor and pianist Gil Evans, recorded in 1969 and 1971 by Evans with an orchestra featuring Jimmy Cleveland, Howard Johnson, Billy Harper, and Joe Beck. The album was originally released on the short-lived Ampex label as Gil Evans but received wider release on the Enja label under this title.
Artist: Gil Evans Orchestra Album: Blues in Orbit Genre: Cool, Post-Bop, Progressive Jazz Label: Enja Records Released: 1971/2009 Quality: FLAC (tracks+. cue) Tracklist: Thoroughbred (Harper) - 4:57. Spaced (Evans) - 3:05. Love in the Open (Smith) - 6:49. Variation on the Misery - 3:03. General Assembly (Davis-Evans) - 7:13. So Long (Evans) - 2:27. Arranger Gil Evans's first recording as a leader in five years found him leading an orchestra that could be considered a transition between his 1950s groups and his somewhat electric band of the 1970s.
General Assembly, 07:14.
Though not the Gil Evans album to start with (that would be "Out of the Cool"), "Blues in Orbit" is a fascinating transition between Gil Evan's earlier acoustic classics to his not so amazing fusion period, while still in keeping with his progressive hard bop meets big band sound. Blues in Orbit" has a few songs (such as the opening track) that sound relatively conventional while others (such as the title track)are fusion with aspects of free jazz. He led an orchestra considered a transition between his 1950s groups and his somewhat electric band of the 1970s (though though track 1, Thoroughbred, and track 5, Blues In Orbit, were actually recorded in 1971).
Arranger Gil Evans's first recording as a leader in five years found him leading an orchestra that could be considered a transition between his 1950s groups and his somewhat electric band of the 1970s. Several of these charts, particularly his reworking of George Russell's "Blues in Orbit," are quite memorable, and Evans utilizes his many interesting sidemen, including the distinctive voices of trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, Howard Johnson on tuba and baritone, tenor-saxophonist Billy Harper and guitarist Joe Beck, in unexpected and unpredictable ways.
A rare chance to hear Gil Evans in full flow soon after his collaborations with Miles Davis, writes Dave Gelly. A sudden, welcome reappearance of Evans's rare Ampex album from the early 1970s, when his music was just beginning to assume its later character. Looser in form and tinged with rock rhythms, this is still unmistakably the work of the orchestral magician who had earlier created marvellous settings for Miles Davis. Here the soloists emerging from the ensemble include saxophonist Billy Harper, trombonist Jimmy Knepper and the previously self-effacing Evans himself on piano.
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