JAZZ ON SUNDAY: GIL EVANS - ANTIBES 1978

November 6, 2022 – 7:27 am

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GIL EVANS ORCHESTRA
Antibes 1978 [no label, 2CD]

Festival International du Jazz, Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, France; July 21, 1978. Very good FM broadcast.

Thanks to Jazzrita and Lewojazz for sharing the show at Dime.

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A gifted pianist, composer and bandleader, Gil Evans is widely recognized as one of the greatest orchestrators in jazz, playing an important role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz, and jazz fusion.

Gil Evans is best known for music he wrote between 1957 and 1963 for his 19-piece orchestra, which backed trumpeter Miles Davis. The albums Sketches of Spain and Porgy and Bess were hailed for their rich harmonies and use of instruments not usually associated with jazz big bands. But in a 1980 interview, Evans said he wanted to use orchestral instruments in a new way: “Many great compositions have been written with the traditional sound of the orchestra. You know what I mean? Nothing much has been added to it as far as sound is concerned.”

Evans gave the orchestra a different sound by creating unusual harmonies, using colors he borrowed from Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. “I got the harmonic language from the French, Spanish and Russian Impressionists,” he said in the same interview. “That’s where the harmony comes from.”

In the 1960s, Evans updated his orchestra with electric guitars and synthesizers, but he continued to harmonize with his “close” note chords. In 1983, a week before his 71st birthday, Evans sat at the piano in his cramped New York apartment, took a toke on the marijuana in his pipe and showed me how he harmonized the Jimi Hendrix song “Up From the Skies.”

“It’s got a certain spice to it, right? Because the notes are close,” he said.

Evans said he never made a cent off any of his records — but he was cool with that. “I started out as an arranger,” he said. “If I’d known at the time it was such a loser’s game, I wouldn’t have done it, because the arranger doesn’t get any royalties. But I had so much fun doing it, I never even thought of that at the time.”

Evans said there was no use complaining about the past; he was only interested in what was happening now. He died at the age of 75 in 1988. - npr.org

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Track 01. Stone Free (Jimi Hendrix) 16:41
Track 02. Thoughbread  (Billy Harper) 20:37
Track 03. Listen To The Silence (GE comp) 16:27
Track 04. Waltz (GE comp) 17:22
Track 05. Variations On The Misery (fade-out) (GE comp) 16:31
88 mins

Lineup:
Gil Evans, p, con, arr
Lew Soloff, tp, fh
Earl McIntyre, tb, tu
Steve Lacy, ss
Arthur Blythe, as
Pete Levin, synthy
Don Pate, b
Sue Evans, per

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  1. 38 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: GIL EVANS - ANTIBES 1978”

  2. Did he have a trout in his trousers or a sardine U L E ?

    By T J on Nov 6, 2022

  3. U L E knows all things penis

    By T J on Nov 6, 2022

  4. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Nov 6, 2022

  5. Hey anti Triple h , this is really me , been shuttin it down here cause of all the asshole name hijackers here . They has ruined this place

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  6. Anti , did you see that fucked up 6th game of the World Series? Zack Wheeler was throwin 98 miles per hour in the 6th inning and the manager yanks him cause he gives up one hit . The relief pitcher then gives up a home run , and the astros score 4 runs to win the game and the series.Every time that shit happens I think back to them glory days of the 60s and 70s when starting pitchers went the distance. Guys like Bob Gibson ,Sandy Koufax Tom Seaver , Jim Palmer , Juan Marichal , Dave McNally , Catfish Hunter , Deqn Chance , Jim Kaat , Sudden Sam McDowell , Luis Tiant , Don Drysdqle , Denny McClain , Micky Lolich . All legends who weren’t on fuckin pitch counts

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  7. Analytics has destroyed baseball, no wonder nobody watches it no more constant pitching changes , managers spend more time walking to and from the mound makin pitching changes than the players do playin the fuckin game . These games go on and on . 3 hours plus . Pitchers only throw hard cause they know they’ll be yanked after a few innings or only 75 pitches

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  8. Everything is either a strikeout or a home run . Batters always swinging for the fences . Gone are the days of the Lou Brocks and Maury Wills , who would steal 50 to 100 bases a season. No more hit and run , choking up on the bat to move the runners up . It’s no longer a thinking man’s game

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  9. Oct 2nd 1968 Bob Gibson strikes out 17 Detroit Tigers in game 1 of the 68 World Series. Gibson pitches another complete game in game 4 in Detroit striking out another 10 batters . In game seven he’s shutting out the tigers again until wit two outs he gives up two singles in the 6th inning, Jim Northrup then hits a fly ball to center field that Curt Flood misjudged. Flood stumbles to recover, ball sails over his head . Tigers score 4 runs wit two outs , Micky Lolich goes the distance on two days rest . Tigers win game 7 4 to 1 Gibson goes the distance in the loss . A year earlier 67 vs the Red Sox , Gibson pitches 3 complete game wins . Wins game 7 in Fenway you is named series MVP

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  10. What the fuck happened to great dominating pitching

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  11. Who cares Derrick ?

    By DD on Nov 6, 2022

  12. 68 series both Gibson and Micky Lolich pitched 3 complete games . Lolich won game 7 on 2 days rest . He said being tired helped his sinker ball . He was 3 and 0 all complete games had a era barely over 2 , allowed only 5 runs in 27 in innings. Gibson despite his bad luck in game 7 thanks to Curt Flood pitched 3 complete games was 2 and 1., also gave up only 5 runs in 27 innings, 3 of them unearned cause of flood’s error, era of 171 and 35 strikeouts in 3 games . You’ll never see that kind of pitching again

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  13. Anti , the last great dominant pitching performance I saw in the postseason was Josh Beckett vs the Yankees in the last game of the 2003 World Series for the Florida Marlins . Complete game domination. It was a blast from the past . It gave me hope that baseball was going to let starting pitchers pitch like they used to . Unfortunately it was just a illusion.a fuckin one off . 5 inning starting pitchers is here to stay while more fans go away

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  14. Forgot bout Madison Bumgarner , he was pretty damn good too for the giants in the postseason a few years ago . Is he still in baseball?

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  15. Rumor has it Gil had a Big Un

    By U L E on Nov 6, 2022

  16. I would have loved to have put Gil’s Big Un inside of me

    By U L E on Nov 6, 2022

  17. I wish that I still had a wiener . My uncle can rest in hell

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  18. Hey anti Triple h , this is really me , been suckin’ a lot of сock down here cause of all the asshole name hijackers here . They has ruined this place

    By The Jew Faggot Namestealer on Nov 6, 2022

  19. Hey anti Triple h , this is really me , been suckin’ a lot of сock down here cause of all the asshole name hijackers here . They has ruined this place . Ignore the Jew Faggot Namestealer . this really really me .

    By Derrick on Nov 6, 2022

  20. Hey anti Derrick , this is really me , been suckin’ a lot of сock down here cause of all the asshole name hijackers here . They has ruined this place

    By HHH on Nov 6, 2022

  21. Hey anti Triple h , this is really me , been eatin’ a lot of сock down here cause of all the asshole name hijackers here . They has ruined this place . Ignore Anti . this really really me .

    By Derrick on Nov 7, 2022

  22. Hey Sumdum, Gil Evans was still playing Jimi years after his JH album was released.

    I listened again to the Parliament track, I hadn’t heard it for years. Not really for me, reminds me in some ways of Zappa when he was being self-indulgent.

    I reckon Prince must have listened to it a lot, he played that way when I saw him.

    That musicological enough for ya? Better than baseball anyhow - RD

    By Rightup Dias on Nov 7, 2022

  23. Derrick, Madison Bumfucker is on the roster at the Diamondbacks.

    By Rightup Dias on Nov 7, 2022

  24. Hey Derrick, you watching the Bears and the Jets?

    By Rightup Dias on Nov 7, 2022

  25. No one visits my blog.

    Shall I put other things on it than music?

    If so what?

    By swappers on Nov 7, 2022

  26. I used to play football in high school but I got banned for regular ass interference

    By HHH on Nov 7, 2022

  27. hey rite up de ass - i’m watching you squirt a jet right up my bare ass .

    By Derrick on Nov 7, 2022

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    By HHH on Nov 7, 2022

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    By Derrick on Nov 7, 2022

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    By swappers on Nov 7, 2022

  31. I’ve even started barking and growling.

    By Derrick on Nov 8, 2022

  32. Great set. Thanks a lit. A couple of corrections.

    Stone Free is by Jimi Hendrix composer and Thoroughbred is a Billy Harper composition not co-composed by Evans. And the ritle is Variations On The Misery.

    By treborij on Nov 8, 2022

  33. speling is not my forte.

    By treborij on Nov 9, 2022

  34. Treborij, you need to talk with Sumdum Fuq, he knows about music and he can spell.

    Generally speaking I reckon the coc, ass and pussy posters on here are make NG’s it more difficult for the racist(s). We still need to sack off that arrogant limey swappers though.

    By Rightup Dias on Nov 9, 2022

  35. I have no problem reporting any of you. Keep that in mind when you post here.

    By HHH on Nov 9, 2022

  36. I Love You HHH

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  37. I’ll report you for not letting me jack you off and for not fucking my butthole. None of you play fair.

    By HHH on Nov 9, 2022

  38. Oh …, let me fondle your nuts. Are they full?

    By HHH on Nov 9, 2022

  39. Of course they are sweetie.

    By ... on Nov 9, 2022

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