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Jazz - Released September 1, 1958 | CM BLUE NOTE (A92)

The title New Bottle Old Wine given to this superb record by Gil Evans, his second album under his name, could not be more apt. Collaborators Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, W.C. Handy, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Dizzy Gilespie and others create a sound akin to a divine vintage liqueur; the great Canadian composer, arranger, conductor and pianist provides the brand-new bottle. A mature collection, ahead of its time and realized with the help of 5-star soloists headed by the saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. When this album was released in 1958, Gil Evans was 46 years old and already held a sparkling track record with regard to his active participation in the revolution of Cool Jazz and Modal Jazz. On this album released by the label World Pacific, the nuclear strength of his singular arrangements is even more impressive. The unusual punctuations that he includes on a whim and the refined sequences paralleled with more abundant ones bring a certain chaos to these extremely well-known compositions. The success of New Bottle Old Wine is due also to the caliber of the virtuous collaborators, including legendary sidemen (Art Blakey, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones) and the lesser-known but equally brilliant Bill Barber, Frank Rehak, Johnny Coles, Jerry Sanfinoa and Phil Bodner. The record is an essential marker in the career of Gil Evans as two months after the sessions of New Bottle Old Wine, he arranged with Miles Davis a historic reimagining of Gershwin’s opera, Porgy & Bess… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

Jazz - Released February 1, 2002 | RCA Victor


Jazz - Released January 1, 1964 | Verve Reissues

Although Gil Evans had gained a lot of acclaim for his three collaborations with Miles Davis in the 1950s and his own albums, this CD contains (with the exception of two tracks purposely left off), Evans's only dates as a leader during 1961-68. The personnel varies on the six sessions that comprise the CD (which adds five numbers including two previously unreleased to the original Lp) with such major soloists featured as tenorman Wayne Shorter, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, trumpeter Johnny Coles and guitarist Kenny Burrell. Highlights include "Time of the Barracudas," "The Barbara Song," "Las Vegas Tango" and "Spoonful." Highly recommended to Gil Evans fans; it is a pity he did not record more during this era. ~ Scott Yanow

Jazz - Released January 1, 1958 | Prestige

Jazz - Released February 28, 2012 | Gralin Music

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This two-LP set (put out in 1975) combines together a pair of arranger Gil Evans's greatest sessions. Both New Bottles Old Wine and Great Jazz Standards were reissued for a period on CD before also going out-of-print. The former session features altoist Cannonball Adderley in peak form as the main soloist on such tunes as "St. Louis Blues," "Struttin' with Some Barbeque," "Lester Leaps In," "Manteca" and a classic reworking of Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp"; other soloists include trombonist Frank Rehak, trumpeter Johnny Coles and Evans himself on piano. The second date, highlighted by a very memorable rendition of "Straight No Chaser," also has "Davenport Blues," "Joy Spring" and "Django" among the highlights; key soloists include trumpeter Johnny Coles, Steve Lacy on soprano and tenorman Budd Johnson. Essential music. ~ Scott Yanow

Jazz - Released January 1, 2006 | Capitol Records


Jazz - Released January 1, 1961 | Impulse!


Jazz - Released July 26, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

This is one of Gil Evans's finest recordings of the 1970s. He expertly blended together acoustic and electronic instruments, particularly on an exciting rendition of "Blues in Orbit" (which includes among its soloists a young altoist named David Sanborn). All six selections have their memorable moments (even a one-and-a-half minute version of "Eleven"); colorful solos are contributed by guitarist Ted Dunbar, Howard Johnson on tuba and flügelhorn, the passionate tenor of Billy Harper, and bassist Herb Bushler, among others; and Evans's arrangements are quite inventive and innovative. Rarely would he be so successful in balancing written and improvised sections in his later years. ~ Scott Yanow

Jazz - Released February 20, 2018 | nagel heyer records


Jazz - Released January 1, 1994 | Verve


Jazz - Released October 11, 1999 | SendMusic


Jazz - Released April 19, 2017 | Alpharecord - Fonotil