Castles Made of Sound: The Story of Gil Evans

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Da Capo Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 306 pages
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Gil Evans was once described by Miles Davis as "the greatest musician in the world," yet he has remained one of the least known and most underrated innovators in jazz. Revered by generations of musicians, Evans created a unique sound, drawing from such diverse inspirations as Duke Ellington, Claude Debussy, Charlie Parker, Cecil Taylor, and Jimi Hendrix. Best known for his collaboration with Miles Davis on albums such as Birth of the Cool and Sketches of Spain, Gil Evans secured a crucial place in the history of modern jazz with his stunning orchestral arrangements. Now Evans's life and work are critically explored in this intimate, comprehensive biography of the arranger, composer, orchestrator, and bandleader. Hicock traces Evans’s early work with swing, bebop, and cool jazz (which he helped to create); examines his pathbreaking work with Miles Davis; sheds new light on his innovations of the 1960s and '70s; and recounts his great final flourish of activities in the 1980s. Drawing from more than seventy exclusive interviews and featuring the voices of many of Evans's fellow musicians, this portrait of a quiet innovator and a beloved free spirit will restore him to his rightful place in jazz history.
  

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Contents

19121956
1
Swingtime
7
New York
18
Wartime
28
A Whole New World
35
A Basement Room on 55th Street
49
Birth of the Coolest
59
Behind the Scenes
74
19651979
143
Miles Davis and Company
150
Flower Power
158
Great New Moves
166
The Music of Now
195
Where the Work Is
205
19801988
211
Reincarnation
228

19571964
83
Gil Evans Plus Ten
93
Great Jazz Standards
104
Out of the Cool
116
Live at Carnegie Hall
122
Time of the Barracuda
131
Monday Nights
235
Busters Last Stand
245
Memorial
282
Interviews Conducted by Author
290
Index
297
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Larry Hicock is a freelance writer, producer, and broadcaster whose credits include CBC-Radio, NPR, Coda, and Down Beat. He is also a lyricist and independent publisher. He lives near Toronto.

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