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Castles Made of Sound: The Story of Gil Evans

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A comprehensive biography of the great jazz composer and bandleader-an unpretentious innovator who did nothing less than change the sound of jazz<P>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, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, David Bowie, and even Sting, arranging their music, leading 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.<P>Now Gil Evans's life and work are critically explored in Castles Made of Sound, an intimate, comprehensive biography of the unparalleled arranger, orchestrator, composer, and bandleader. Beginning with young Evans's first musical interest in Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington in 1927 and ending with the moving tributes given at his New York memorial service in 1988, Castles Made of Sound traces the seemingly charmed path this self-taught musician and composer traveled through nearly six decades of music. Immune to the sirens of ego, drugs, money, fame, and power that so many colleagues succumbed to, Evans comes across vividly as a man whose boundless passion and single-minded focus deliver himinto exciting, uncharted musical territory.<P>With rare breadth and clarity, Larry Hicock traces Evans's evolution through swing, bebop, and cool jazz (which Evans helped define); relives his mercurial relationship with Miles Davis; uncovers his lesser known contributions o

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

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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 Evanss 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.

About the Author

Larry Hicock is a freelance writer, producer, and broadcaster whose credits include CBC-Radio, NPR, Coda, and Down Beat. He is also a lyricist and independent publisher. He lives near Toronto.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306809453
Author:
Hicock, Larry
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Jazz
Subject:
Jazz musicians
Subject:
Composers
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Jazz musicians -- Canada.
Subject:
Evans, Gil
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
02-2079S
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16.2 oz

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The definitive biography of the great composer, arranger, and bandleader
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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.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 Evanss 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.
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