Gil Evans: Out of the Cool (Google eBook)

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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The life (1912-1988) and career of Gil Evans paralleled and often foreshadowed the quickly changing world of jazz through the 20th century. Gil Evans: Out of the Cool is the comprehensive biography of a self-taught musician whom colleagues often regarded as a mentor. His innovative work as a composer, arranger, and bandleader--for Miles Davis, with whom he frequently collaborated over the course of four decades, and for his own ensembles--places him alongside Duke Ellington and Aaron Copland as one of the giants of American music. His unflagging creativity galvanized the most prominent jazz musicians in the world, both black and white. This biography 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 settling 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, for Evans's masterpieces with Davis: Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain. This replaces 1556524250.
  

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Evans (1912-88) was a lavishly gifted jazz arranger whose brilliant collaborations with alto saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Miles Davis ensure him an enduring fame despite the lingering ... Read full review

Contents

Stockton
1
Prince of Swing
19
Hollywood
46
ThornhillHis Band and His Sound
71
Wartime
98
52nd Street Annex
124
Moon Dreams
146
Jambangle
180
Svengali
258
Sweet Basil
298
Epilogue Parabola
325
Notes
331
Bibliography
343
Selected Discography
349
Index
375
Copyright

Out of the Cool
219

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About the author (2003)

Stephanie Stein Crease is a music journalist with extensive experience in the recording industry. Her previous book, Gil Evans: Out of the Cool, won the 2002 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and was nominated for Best Jazz Book by the Jazz Journalists Association. She lives in New York City.

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