Castles Made of Sound : The Story of Gil Evans (Hardcover)

Author: Hicock, Larry

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

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Publisher Perseus Books Group
Mfg Part# 9780306809453
SKU 30883567
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0306809451
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1T
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Annotation Once referred to by Miles Davis as "the greatest musician in the world," Gil Evans was among the great innovators of jazz, collaborating with Davis on such classics as SKETCHES OF SPAIN. In assessing his contribution to the art form and shedding light on the life of this jazz legend, this biography illuminates the world of jazz itself.
Editors Note The definitive biography of the great composer, arranger, and bandleader. 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 his 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 1960's and '70's; and recounts his great final flourish of activities in the 1980's. Drawing from more than seventy exclusive interviews and featuring the voices of many of Gil's fellow musicians, this portrait of a quiet innovator and a beloved free spirit will restore him to his rightful place in jazz history.
Editors Note 2 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.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0306
Publisher Da Capo Press
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