GIL EVANS PROJECT

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Lines of Colour

Blue Note/ArtistShare Pro­ducer and ar­ranger Ryan Trues­dell has spent the last five years ex­ca­vat­ing Gil Evans’ orig­i­nal hand-writ­ten charts – even re­sort­ing to foren­sic science to re­cover the leg­endary ar­ranger’s orig­i­nal in­ten­tions from his own later cor­rec­tions – and on 2012’s Cen­ten­nial al­bum, brought a book of lost Evans ar­range­ments back to glo­ri­ous life. This set, recorded live at the Jazz Stan­dard in New York, un­earths more gems from the Evans ar­chive, reach­ing back all the way to the 1940s and his ap­pren­tice­ship with the fa­bled Claude Thorn­hill orches­tra. The gor­geous lilt of Evans’ still star­tling orig­i­nal ar­range­ments for horns is pre­served, not in the as­pic of academia but in the living, breath­ing per­for­mances of a group of New York’s finest mu­si­cians such as Evans might have se­lected him­self.

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