Castles Made of Sound

Castles Made of Sound

The Story of Gil Evans

Book - 2002
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Perseus Publishing
Gil Evans was once described by Miles Davis as "the greatest musician in the world," yet he has remained one of the least known and most underrated innovators in jazz. Revered by generations of musicians, Evans created a unique sound, drawing from such diverse inspirations as Duke Ellington, Claude Debussy, Charlie Parker, Cecil Taylor, and Jimi Hendrix. Best known for his collaboration with Miles Davis on albums such as Birth of the Cool and Sketches of Spain, Gil Evans secured a crucial place in the history of modern jazz with his stunning orchestral arrangements. Now Evans's life and work are critically explored in this intimate, comprehensive biography of the arranger, composer, orchestrator, and bandleader. Hicock traces Evans's early work with swing, bebop, and cool jazz (which he helped to create); examines his pathbreaking work with Miles Davis; sheds new light on his innovations of the 1960s and '70s; and recounts his great final flourish of activities in the 1980s. Drawing from more than seventy exclusive interviews and featuring the voices of many of Evans's fellow musicians, this portrait of a quiet innovator and a beloved free spirit will restore him to his rightful place in jazz history.

The definitive biography of the great composer, arranger, and bandleader


Blackwell North Amer
Gil Evans was once described by Miles Davis as "the greatest musician in the world," yet for decades he remained an industry secret, one of the least publicized revolutionaries in jazz. Behind the scenes, Evans worked with such varied artists as Claude Thornhill, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, David Bowie, and Sting, arranging their music, energizing their bands, and generally throwing their stages and studios into momentary disarray. His whimsical and unscripted genius lay at the source of some of the most sophisticated work these musicians ever played or recorded. Best known - and eternally revered - for his collaborations with Miles Davis on Birth of the Cool, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain, Evans's magic touch (if not always his name) has been on the sheet music of more tunes than his fans might ever imagine.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo ; London : Eurospan, 2002
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780306809453
0306809451
Branch Call Number: 781.6509 EVANS HICOC
Characteristics: xiv, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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