Steve Lajoie: Gil Evans & Miles Davis - 1957-1962 Historic Collaborations

Steve Lajoie: Gil Evans & Miles Davis - 1957-1962 Historic Collaborations

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The collaborations of Gil Evans and Miles Davis over the five year period from 1957 to 1962 produced some of the finest jazz albums of all time, including Miles Ahead, Porgy And Bess and Sketches of Spain. Their music reached beyond jazz to a wider audience and its influence has been felt in jazz writing ever since. For the first time, this book offers a detailed analysis of the major works by Gil Evans and Miles Davis, examining their collaborations in their historical context and assessing the importance of their collaborations to jazz ensemble literature.

Their use of the techniques of composition vis-a -vis recomposition and arrangement is discussed in depth and the book includes detailed analysis and transcribed full scores for Blues for Pablo; New Rhumba; Bess, You Is My Woman Now and Will o' The Wisp. It includes recommendations for further study, a bibliography and a discography of issued recordings of the 1957 to 1962 Evans-Davis collaborations. This book is essential study for all musicians interested in the processes of composition and arranging. Book, 432 pages

This beautiful work deserves maximum praise - Brian Priestley, Sendmemusic magazine