Gil Evans

Heroes

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This CD (and its follow-up Anti-Heroes) features the rather odd duo of Lee Konitz (on alto and soprano) and pianist Gil Evans. Since Evans was far from a virtuoso and at best played "arranger's piano" (particularly at this late stage in his life), his accompaniment behind Konitz is quite sparse. The repertoire includes standards, Konitz's "Aprilling," an adaptation of some Chopin and a medley of Evans' "Blues Improvisation" and "Zee Zee." But frankly overall this is a rather uneventful and often dull release that can easily be passed by.

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