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Evans, Gil 1912-1988

Works: 759 works in 2,050 publications in 6 languages and 15,812 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Operas  Jazz  Documentary films  Educational films  Internet videos  Musical films  Drama  Scores  Live sound recordings 
Roles: Conductor, Arranger, Performer, Author, Instrumentalist, Composer, Singer, Other, Adapter, per, Editor, Interviewee, Producer
Classifications: M1500.G47, 781.65
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Publications about Gil Evans
Publications by Gil Evans
Publications by Gil Evans, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Gil Evans
Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis( Sound Recording )
96 editions published between 1959 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,467 libraries worldwide
Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin( Sound Recording )
53 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 975 libraries worldwide
Miles Davis' Davis' trumpet work on Porgy and Bess reflects a man full of confidence who knows he is at the top of his game. Rarely did Davis ever play with such consistency. Complementing and heightening the magnificence of Davis's work are the wonderful arrangements from the pen of Gil Evans
Miles ahead by Miles Davis( Sound Recording )
62 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 814 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( Sound Recording )
37 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 542 libraries worldwide
The complete Columbia studio recordings by Miles Davis( Sound Recording )
21 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 286 libraries worldwide
Guitar forms by Kenny Burrell( Sound Recording )
27 editions published between 1965 and 1997 in 5 languages and held by 267 libraries worldwide
Bird the original recordings of Charlie Parker by Charlie Parker( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 237 libraries worldwide
Gil Evans & ten by Gil Evans( Sound Recording )
19 editions published between 1957 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 221 libraries worldwide
Quiet nights by Miles Davis( Sound Recording )
32 editions published between 1962 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 217 libraries worldwide
Birth of the cool by Miles Davis( score )
1 edition published in 2002 in No Linguistic Content and held by 184 libraries worldwide
Svengali by Gil Evans( Sound Recording )
37 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 173 libraries worldwide
The individualism of Gil Evans by Gil Evans( Sound Recording )
23 editions published between 1964 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 162 libraries worldwide
Blues in orbit by Gil Evans( file )
21 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 159 libraries worldwide
Gil Evans by Gil Evans( Sound Recording )
16 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 159 libraries worldwide
Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall [the complete concert] by Miles Davis( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 1961 and 2009 in No Linguistic Content and Undetermined and held by 155 libraries worldwide
Miles Davis the cool jazz sound by Michael Dibb( visu )
2 editions published in 2004 in No Linguistic Content and English and held by 153 libraries worldwide
The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane plays So what? then Miles joins the Gil Evans Orchestra for The Duke, Blues for Pablo and New rhumba; Jazz hoofer records the style of tap dancer Baby Laurence, including demonstrations of steps used by other famous tap dancers
Absolute beginners by Pam Cosmi( visu )
14 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 146 libraries worldwide
"Ein im Farbigen-Ghetto Londons wohnender junger Mann verliert seine Angebetete an einen älteren Mann. Erst als gefeierter Modefotograf trifft er sie wieder. Die Liebesgeschichte vor dem Hintergrund der künstlerischen Verrücktheiten und Rassenunruhen der 50er Jahre ist lediglich der Aufhänger für einen abendfüllenden Video-Clip mit teilweise einfallsreichen Analogien zum Film-Musical. [...]" []
Live Miles : more music from the legendary Carnegie Hall concert by Miles Davis( Sound Recording )
10 editions published in 1987 in Undetermined and No Linguistic Content and held by 136 libraries worldwide
The Smithsonian collection of classic jazz ( Sound Recording )
5 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in No Linguistic Content and English and held by 129 libraries worldwide
The story of jazz by Matthew Seig( visu )
2 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in English and held by 122 libraries worldwide
Jazz has been called America's greatest contribution to the arts, and has existed in a recognizable form for close to one hundred years, but it has a much longer history. The Story of Jazz begins in the 1830s in Congo Square in New Orleans and goes on to tell a colorful tale of cross-cultural influences that produced a constantly evolving music
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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
Эванс, Джил
גיל אוונס
گیل اونز
กิล อีแวนส์
English (125)
German (16)
French (7)
Spanish (5)
Japanese (3)
Italian (1)
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