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  Gil Evans: Gil Evans & Ten
  "Gil Evans & Ten"

Gil Evans
Jimmy Cleveland
Steve Lacy
Lee Konitz
Track listing:
  1. Remember
2. Ella Speed
3. Big Stuff
4. Nobody's Heart
5. Just One Of Those Things
6. If You Could See Me Now
7. Jambangle
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Review by miguelito54 July 9, 2007 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This is a must have.
For the first time it was possible to replicate the many edits made for the master tape of the original mono release, thanks to modern digital editing technology (it must have been as painstaking as for the Miles Davis / Gil Evans albums for Columbia). Fantasy was thoughtful enough to release this on SACD - it makes the Original Jazz Classics CD sound stale. A major improvement in sound: more room ambience, more details - you can hear every nuance of Evans' careful arrangemens for this relatively small band. Beautifully played by all involved, with nice solos by Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cleveland, and Evans on piano, whose nice percussive tinkling is right up front.
If only Evans' next albums for Pacific Jazz had been recorded on that level! One of Rudy van Gelder's best jobs, in my opinion.
Get this as long as it is available!

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Review by JW March 28, 2007 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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"Very good old sound". I think I am probably the only one here who likes DeSelby's one-liner reviews :-). But I have found them accurate and in their minimalism appealing. Same here. The disc has a gentle swing. The sound has so many omissions so evenly applied across the audio spectrum that it becomes a joy to listen to :-). Depending on your system it may or may not sound bright. I would venture that people with excellent digital sources and silk dome tweeters will find this disc to sound not bright at all. Sure, on track 3 there is a cymbal crash that does not sound very beautiful, but I never got the urge to turn the volume down on my system.

For those of you not familiar with Gill Evans, no, this is not Bill and yes, he does play piano. He appeared in Miles Davis' 'Birth Of The Cool Sessions', plus he worked on other Miles albums of note. This was his first record as a band leader.

I think this is a must have disc for Jazz fans. It is a 1957 session and as I said above, the sound is just gorgeous in an old fashioned kind of way. Judge it with audiophile standards and you probably won't be able to give it more than 2.5 stars. But judge it as a whole, and I hope you agree with my 4 star rating.

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Review by analogue December 21, 2013 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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The original master tapes were deemed to be lost and suddenly right after sacd came out..lo and behold the tapes were discovered and this new sacd version was minted from those tapes. And the sound is totally awesome. A top notch sacd.

Those who are familiar with MIles Davis will also know Gil Evans. Davis is not here of course but some of his influence is. Evans brought together his own musicians and made the arrangements here. He is renown for the best arrangements and projects of the time period.The music is just awesome in every way with bold brass sections and a terrific ebb and flow to the tone of the songs.

The sound on this disc is terrific. At first it might sound a tad bright as some recordings of this period are. But that is just a first impression. Once the second track begins the listener can hear what all the fuss was about on this Evans album. Tons of air and bloom...fantastic horns that jump out at the listener.....huge sound stage and a wealth of tiny details that can easily be heard. A beautiful authentic analog feel and sound.

Fantastic sacd that has not been overshadowed by the technical advances of sacd.
Evans brilliant solo effort sounds amazing.
Highly recommended.
33 minutes of music.

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