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Gil Evans : out of the cool : his life and music

Author: Stephanie Stein Crease
Publisher: Chicago, IL : A cappella, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Gil Evans: Out of the Cool is the first comprehensive biography of a self-taught musician whom colleagues often regarded as a mentor. It traces Evans's early years: his first dance bands in California, during the Depression; his life as a studio arranger in Hollywood; and his early work with Claude Thornhill, one of the most unusual bandleaders of the Big Band Era. After Evans settled in New York City in 1946,
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Stein Crease, Stephanie.
Gil Evans.
Chicago, IL : A cappella, c2002
(OCoLC)639395882
Named Person: Gil Evans; Gil Evans
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Stein Crease
ISBN: 1556524250 9781556524257 1556524935 9781556524936
OCLC Number: 47797441
Description: xv, 384 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Stockton --
Prince of Swing --
Hollywood --
Claude Thornhill--His Band and His Sound --
Wartime --
52nd Street Annex --
Moon Dreams --
Jambangle --
Out of the Cool --
Svengali --
Sweet Basil --
Epilogue (Parabola).
Responsibility: Stephanie Stein Crease.
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"Gil Evans: Out of the Cool is the first comprehensive biography of a self-taught musician whom colleagues often regarded as a mentor. It traces Evans's early years: his first dance bands in California, during the Depression; his life as a studio arranger in Hollywood; and his early work with Claude Thornhill, one of the most unusual bandleaders of the Big Band Era. After Evans settled in New York City in 1946, Evans's basement apartment quickly became a meeting ground for musicians. The discussions that took place there among Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, and others resulted in the "Birth of the Cool" scores for the Miles Davis Nonet and, later on, Evans's masterpieces with Davis: Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain.

Throughout his career, Evans's writing enhanced the artistry of other musicians, coaxing them into going "beyond notation," as one colleague put it. From the late 1960s on, the music he created with his experimental big band attracted pop superstars as well, notably the guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Evans's work remained compelling and uncompromising until his death." "Written with the cooperation of Evans's friends, colleagues, and family, and based on scores of interviews and newly found documentation, Gil Evans: Out of the Cool is the definitive account of one of America's greatest musical figures."--BOOK JACKET.

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