Reissue of Gil
Evans’ classic, controversial original album from 1974, in which his orchestra,
which includes guitarist John Abercrombie, trumpeter Marvin C. Peterson and
saxophonists David Sanborn and Billy Harper interpret nine Hendrix
compositions. Includes the bonus tracks ‘Little Wing’ and alternate takes of
‘Angel’, ‘Castles Made Of Sand’, Up From The Skies’ and ‘Gypsy Eyes’.
Gil Evans was
to have recorded with Jimi Hendrix. The idea was to feature the Hendrix solo
guitar and voice against the cushion of Evans’ orchestrations, much in the
manner of the Gil Evans-Miles Davis collaborations of the late 1940’s and again
in the 1950’s. Denied the opportunity when the guitarist died in London a week
before the preliminary meetings were set, Gil forged ahead with a whole concert
of Hendrix compositions at Carnegie Hall, and, with the same young group, the
sessions for this album.
Rolling Stone magazine: “Stop and think about Hendrix’ guitar work, about
how difficult it was, and is, to play a guitar that way – the use, the correct
use, of electronics. And yet for him it was the natural way. What I do is try
to keep Jimi in mind when arranging his music. A very, very great guitar
Gil Evans and
Jimi Hendrix – a fusion of rock and jazz, working properly for once, each style
drawing from the other. Gil was fond of saying that he looked for the
“living spirit” in any music he heard. That spirit is here, alive and
well, within these tracks.