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Profile of Gil Evans on Famous Like Me

Name: Gil Evans  
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Date of Birth: 13th May 1912
Place of Birth: Toronto, Canada
Profession: Composer
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Gil Evans (13 May 1912, Toronto, Canada — 20 March 1988, Cuernavaca, Mexico) was a jazz-musician and important innovator of big band jazz in USA: arranger and composer, bandleader, pianist. Born as Ian Ernest Gilmore Green, he took the family name from his stepfather (non musician). After early years in California, from 1946 he lived and worked in NYC.

His period with Miles Davis:

Miles Davis was a noted American trumpet player, with whom Gil Evans worked during their early careers. Their collaboration started in 1948, with the formation of a nonet; the resultant recordings were later collected and issued on the LP The Birth of the Cool. Later, the two men collaborated more extensively: first with Miles Ahead, then with Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, and lastly with the under-appreciated Quiet Nights. It is widely accepted that although these four records were marketed primarily under the name of Davis (often credited as Miles Davis and the Gil Evans Big Band) Evans's contribution was just as important. Their work was a companionship of classic big band jazz with a skillful soloist. All their work featured arrangements written by Evans for big band--which Evans rehearsed--onto which Davis played with extraordinary melodic and stylistic skill. Though perhaps not as groundbreaking as Davis's Kind of Blue, Evans's and Davis's work can be appreciated as monumental to jazz.

[for more see german wiki-page and the link to Maison du Jazz]


  • Gil Evans And Ten (1957)
  • Out Of The Cool (1960)
  • The Individualism Of Gil Evans (1964)
  • Verve Jazz Masters 23: Gil Evans (1963-1964)
  • Svengali (1973)
  • Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix (1975)
  • There Comes A Time (1975)
  • Little Wing (1978)
  • Live At The Public Theater Volume 1 & 2 (1980)
  • Live At The Sweet Basil (1984-86)
  • Farewell (1986)
  • Bud And Bird (1986)
  • Live At Umbria Jazz: Volume 1 & 2 (1987)
  • 75th Birthday Concert (1987)
  • A Tribute To Gil (1988)

External link

  • Maison du Jazz Gil Evans on

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