The Gil Evans Orchestra – Out of the Cool (MCA-5653) (1961)

"Oh, hi there, sorry you just caught me doing a spot of arranging."

“Oh, hi there, sorry you just caught me doing a spot of arranging.”

Some collectors will grumble that it’s the 1986, digitally-remastered, non-gatefold, redesigned-typeface version of Gil Evans’ classic, but not me. Even though I’m a big fan of his work with Miles Davis, which just preceded this release, I’d never felt compelled to venture into Evans’ catalogue as leader. Out of the Cool it not the blissed-out state of affairs suggested by the title, nor is it, without Davis, as punchy, edgy or as grandly orchestrated in the uniquely updated big band style of Miles Aheadet al. As thoughtfully arranged, dynamic and melodic as those earlier records, Cool remains, if anything, a slightly bluesier enterprise, with plenty of space for some fine improvisation. Reminiscent of Charles Mingus’ Columbia sides. In the end, it is, simply, a terrific listen.

Three quid from Oxfam in Folkestone.

Published in: on October 18, 2014 at 10:51 am  Leave a Comment  

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