Gil Evans

Gil Evans Orch, Kenny Burrell & Phil Woods

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When this LP was originally released in 1973, its five selections had never been out before. Three have been since and reissued on the CD The Individualism of Gil Evans although two ("Blues in Orbit" which is really "Cheryl," and "Isabel" which is really "Ah Moore") were not because the arranger considered those recordings little more than orchestral sketches that should not have been released. Despite his feelings, the disputed pair (which have solos from trombonist Jimmy Knepper) are not bad while the other three selections ("Spoonful," "Concorde," and "Barracuda") have colorful arrangements and solos from guitarist Kenny Burrell, altoist Phil Woods, and (on "Barracuda") tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The CD is preferred but Evans completists may want to search for this LP too.

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