2 LPs ON 1 CD
5 STARS DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE
This edition presents two superb albums produced by the Gil Evans orchestra during 1958 & 1959, in their entirety: Great Jazz Standards and New Bottle, Old Wine. Both LPs present well known standards with the inimitable arranging style of Gil Evans, and feature jazz stars like Johnny Coles, Cannonball Adderley, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Cleveland, Budd Johnson, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones.
Includes 16-page booklet
THE GIL EVANS ORCHESTRA
(1-7) GREAT JAZZ STANDARDS
Including: Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, Allen Smith (tp),
Jimmy Cleveland, Curtis Fuller, Dick Lieb (tb)
Bob Northern (fhr), Bill Barber (tu), Budd Johnson (cl, ts),
Al Block (reeds), Steve Lacy (sop), Gil Evans (p, arr, cond), Chuck Wayne (g),
Dick Carter or Tommy Potter (b), Denis Charles or Elvin Jones (d).
Webster Hall, New York, January-February 1959.
(8-15) NEW BOTTLE, OLD WINE
Including: Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (tp),
Joe Bennett, Frank Rehak, Tom Mitchell (tb)
Julius Watkins (fhr), Harvey Phillips (tu)
Cannonball Adderley (as), Jerry Sanfino (reeds)
Gil Evans (p, arr, cond), Chuck Wayne (g),
Paul Chambers (b), Art Blakey or Philly Joe Jones (d).
Hudson Hall, New York, April-May, 1958.
01 DAVENPORT BLUES 4:26
02 STRAIGHT, NO CHASER 6:50
03 BALLAD OF THE SAD YOUNG MEN 4:01
04 JOY SPRING 2:50
05 DJANGO 8:06
06 CHANT OF THE WEED 4:49
07 LA NEVADA (THEME) 6:48
08 ST. LOUIS BLUES 5:25
09 KING PORTER STOMP 3:19
10 WILLOW TREE 4:40
11 STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE 4:32
12 LESTER LEAPS IN 4:19
13 'ROUND MIDNIGHT 4:07
14 MANTECA 5:18
15 BIRD FEATHERS 6:52
Total Time: 76:31
DOWN BEAT original review: Great Jazz Standards
“Any group assembled by Evans is not merely an aggregate of musicians playing the scores of perhaps the most gifted arranger in jazz; it is, rather, Evans' personal instrument of expression. This LP reaffirms that Evans is more than an arranger; he is an interpreter without peer. This is one of the few LPs of recent months that one can play over and over without it losing its initial impact. It is a significant album and it is unreservedly recommended.” (Don De Michael)