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Personal Notes - My Kind Of Jazz - Twelve
On Part Eleven of 'My Kind Of Jazz' I continue to explore some of the great albums that I have enjoyed for many years and perhaps introduce them to a new audience in the 21st century, for example

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Gil Evans - Out Of The Cool (Impulse 1961)

If you are already a jazz aficionado you will already be aware of the following details so this article is aimed at those of you who are 'new to Jazz' or 'catching up'.

........Personnel : Gil Evans : Piano, Arranger | The Gil Evans Orchestra

Gil Evans, born Ian Ernest Gilmore Green in Toronto, Canada on May 13th 1912 was a jazz pianist, arranger, composer and orchestra leader. He was unique in the history of jazz and his recordings revolutionised the entire concept of harmony and jazz instrumentation. He created an entirely personal and instantly recogisable style which few before him had achieved, and definitely few after him.

Gil Evans was highly original but his noteriety came late in his career and he had many long spells of inactivity. This set OUT OF THE COOL was recorded in 1960 with his orchestra when he was 48 and this is the album that showed the world of his true talent.

When his father died his mother married a miner called Evans and hence he became known as Gil Evans.

Gil was a self aught piano player and first got the jazz bug listening to the Duke Ellington Orchestra, he formed his first band in circa 1933-34 which became popular in the California area.

Evans met bandleader Claude Thornhill in 1937 and went to New York where he would spend most of the rest of his life. He became buddies with saxman Lestor Young during the second world war and at the end of his service in 1946 remained in New York where he was to create a new sound in jazz called COOL JAZZ.

He lived in a basemnet flat on 55nd Street which was to become the meeting place for the jazz stars of the day including Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, John Carisi, George Russsell and a young trumpter called Miles Davis.

Their collaboration as a 9 piece ensemble in 1949-50 using Gil's arrangements was to yield one of the most important recordings in jazz history entitled BIRTH OF THE COOL.

OUT OF THE COOL is considered a flawless masterpiece in jazz recordings and although there are only 5 tracks on the LP they are performed by an orchestra of acclaimed musicians and would remain one of the iconic jazz albums of that period and of all time.

The man behind the release was Creed Taylor ( who would go on to release the wonderful albums on the CTI (Creed Taylor Impulse) label on Sony Jazz ), but the Impulse label was relatively new at that time but yielded imppeccable recordings and painstaking intense graphics of the day displaying the cover art. They had a policy of devising hard-hitting titles that fired the imagination of the listener.

Up to this point Gil Evans' music had been associated with COOL JAZZ mainly because of his association with Miles, on this set Gil began to move away from it and forge his own identity, hence the album title ' OUT OF THE COOL '.

The Gil Evans Orchestra included such wonderful musicians as trumpeter John Coles, trombonists Keg Johnson and Jimmy Knepper and saxman Budd Johnson who was the partner for many years to Earl Hines. Guitarist Ray Crawford and tuba player Bill Barber were included in the ensemble and the rhythmn section was the iconic Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, both of whom would go on to feature in The Miles Davis Quintet and The John Coltrane Quartet respectively.

As for the songs on OUT OF THE COOL, it opens with a 16 minute rendition entitled LA NEVADA which has staggeringly only two chords : G minor seventh and G major, only a small part of this track was scored with the rest left to the orchestra's improvisation.

WHERE FLAMINGOS FLY is a more melancholy affair whereby a repeated arpeggio accompanies the suggestive theme played by Jimmy Knepper on trombone with a mournful intensity.

BILBAO SONG was taken from the movie Happy End and it is more like a 'musical journey' with subdued drums and percussion leading to saxophones playing the theme slowly over reharmonised chords. The double bass then takes center stage on the melody line and is followed by a third harmonic interpretation played by the full orchestra,

The track STRATUSPHUNK is a play on the words funk and stratosphere and was conceived by George Russell, a long time exponent of Modal Jazz and had worked with Gil and Miles in the past. It features layers of sound superimposed upon each other, yet partially independent of each other, rather like piecing a jigsaw together on the improvisational fly.

The album closes with a Gil Evans compostion called SUNKEN TREASURE whereby the orchestra creates dark undulating backgrounds and trumpter John Coles plays a lengthy muted solo whilst the percussion element is heard sparingly in the background.

Hailed a masterpiece at the time this is an album for 'true blue jazz fans' to listen to, but once won't be enough, there is so much going on here that it will take the avid listener a number of plays to understand the concept and appreciate the wonderful arrangements and musicianship on one of jazz's classic recordings.  ^

Review by Wes George
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On Previous Personal Notes - My Kind Of Jazz
* MKOJ 11 - Paul Desmond - Take Ten Review
* MKOJ 10 - S Getz & J Gilberto - Getz / Gilbert Review
* MKOJ 09 - Art Blakey - Moanin' Review

* MKOJ 08 - Julie London - Around Midnight Review
* MKOJ 07 - Round Midnight DVD Review
* MKOJ 06 - Dave Brubeck - Time Out Review
* MKOJ 05 - Charlie Parker - Now's The Time Review
* MKOJ 04 - Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin Review
* MKOJ 03 - John Coltrane - Blue Train Review
MKOJ 02 - Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue Review
MKOJ 01 - Overview of My Kind Of Jazz Series
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Personal Notes - WELCOME TO THE FALL OF 2020

Our latest STREETJAZZ SHOW No 918 on JAZZNET247 RADIO EUROPE has 9 NEW RELEASES including a stunning new song from pianist Lisa Addeo who is joined on the track by saxman Jeff Ryan who featured on Show 897 with his excellent Double Up single from his latest Embrace CD.

Evergreen Bob Baldwin releases the title track from his new album called
Back To Basics and we hear an excellent trombonist called Marvin Pryor performing the ultra smooth When The Time Is Right. Marvin is part of the band P R Experience along with trumpeter Nelson Render.

Saxman Gerald Beasley brings us Better Days Ahead and another saxman Dean James thinks It's All Good in 2020, a sentiment not quite shared by this writer, but a nice track nevertheless.

The windy city of Chicago's Nick Colionne enters the Groove Jazz Charts this week with Chi-Town at No. 30 and Edward W Sealey joins up with a musician featured on last week's show, i.e. Felton Pilate to bring us Brighter Than This.

We have a new vocal cut from Mike Phillips who is joined by Brian McKnight on Watching You, but our favourite release this week is from Woodward Avenue records is The Chicken from bassman Roberto Vally who is joined by guitarist Paul Brown and the much in demand Jeff Ryan.

Our Featured Artist Of The Week is siren Regina Belle
and we have two songs from her, one from 1987 from her All By Myself set and she also is joined by the late great Barry White for a duo from her 1993 released CD Passion called Quiet TIme, a STREETJAZZ Show Favourite.

Listen up for some BRAZILIAN FLAVOURS from Batuk, Ambrose, M-Swift and guitarist Bernard Alcorn and in our popular SONGS FROM THE STREETJAZZ VAULTS feature we hear BLASTS FROM THE PAST from Vanessa Williams, Nowl Elmowy, Julian Vaughn and the evergreen Bobby Caldwell.

Our CLUB TRAX song for this week is Quincy Jones's Q's Jook Joint from 1995 with Ronald Isley performing the wonderful Heaven's Girl and Bluey and Incognito peform our latest HOT FOR FALL track with a song they call 1975, which is ironically released from 2011 from their Transatlantic RPM CD. - Wes George



LISTEN TO STREETJAZZ SHOW No. 918 from Wed Oct 21st


As the webmaster and online marketer for major label SONY JAZZ UK for 6 years in London I had one of the greatest resources aavailable to any jazz fan their music catalogue. Sony purchased the CBS, Columbia, Legacy, Epic and CTI labels and with it surely one of the greatest legacies of jazz recordings know to man. The roster read like the Who's Who of Jazz and I received all of these recordings to research and add samples to their new website.

In the early noughties Sony joined forces with the Bertelsman Music Group and the Sony Jazz UK department was dissolved and the classic mainstream albums from Miles, Trane, Bird, Dave Brubeck and Lady Day were to be sold in future on the shelves in Woolworths ;>(

This History Of Jazz will try and provide a chronological history over the next months of how jazz evolved, albeit in a musch shortened format and what is known about the origins and development of the genre.

Some things are cast in stone, some debatable and many questions still remain unanswered.

We welcome your collective input here to see if we can establish a clearer overall picture of the legacy.

Where artists are mentioned we INVITE YOU TO SUBMIT an article about the HISTORY OF THAT ARTIST and we will create a hypertextlink to your article for JAZZ FANS to read it.

The chapters will be as follows :-
Part 1 - Where It All Began
Part 2 - Jazz In The Twenties
Part 3 - The Age Of Swing
Part 4 - Then Came BeBop
Part 5 - The Sound Of Cool Jazz
Part 6 - Hard Bop Era
Part 7 - Free Jazz
Part 8 - Fusion Jazz
Part 9 - Neo Jazz
Part 10 - Where We Are Today



JAZZNET247 RADIO EUROPE is delighted to report that friend of the show JACQUES PELLARIN has had a track from his latest album release ACCORDEAO DO SUL choosen for the soundtrack for a SONY PICTURES CLASSICS forthcoming release.

The movie FRENCH EXIT is a surreal comedy film directed by Azazel Jacobs and stars HOLLYWOOD superstar MICHELLE PFEIFFER and is set for release on February 12th 2021.

Jacques is a French composer, accordionist and music producer from the iconic wine growing Burgundy region and has toured all over the world and has shared the stage with Master Accordionist MARCEL AZZOLLA when he was a 20 year old student playing his trade. He was further inspired after seeing a live concert of Argentinian bandoneon maestro ASTOR PIAZZOLLA who brought tango to a new world level in my opinion. He also shared the stage with the famous accordionist MARC BERTHOUMIEUX, then in his 90's.

Jacques latest album release ACCORDEAO DO SUL is a wonderful album of Brazilian Bossa and Sambas and songs from it have been featured this year since its release on our CONNOISSEUR JAZZ CHANNEL on JAZZNET247 RADIO EUROPE.

This is wonderful news for Jacques who has 14 albums to his name ranging from Jazz - French conema - Latin Jazz, Brazilian Bossa - Crossover Traditional to Classical music.

If like me you are a fan of the wonderful French musette sound on an accordion then head over to this page to listen to samples of JACQUES PELLARIN'S ACCORDEAO DO SOL's album where you are in for a superb treat. - Wes George

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