For fans of Gil Evans, Miles Davis & jazz!
Gil Evans played a key role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz, and jazz fusion. Gil’s sons, trumpeter Miles Evans and his brother Noah Evans are keeping the flame alive with “Hidden Treasures”, a trilogy of recordings of which “Monday Nights” is the first. The concept is to feature compositions that the Orchestra played live in the late 70s and early 80s. Miles Evans wrote and arranged “LL Funk” in which Kenwood Dennard (Dizzy Gillespie, Brand X, etc...) drives the music with a powerful funk beat, with Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones, Sting, Herbie Hancock, etc...) on bass. Special guests’ solos abound with keyboardist Paul Shaffer (Late Night with David Letterman), Vernon Reid (Living Color) bringing a thick almost heavy metal guitar tip to the track, and the icing on the cake is David Mann (Tower of Power), who weaves his bluesy, potent alto sax throughout the track.
The recording closes with “Eleven,” a Gil Evans composition and arrangement, which originally appeared as “Petits Machins (Little Stuff)” on the 1968 Miles Davis recording, "Filles de Kilimanjaro." The set closer is a bristling swinger, a fitting capper to this powerful set of absolutely stunning music. The groove is infectious, a potent platform for solos by alto saxophonist Chris Hunter (Michel Camilo, Manhattan Transfer, etc...), Charles Blenzig (Bill Evans) on electric piano, and Alex Foster (Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, etc...) who returns on tenor sax and continues to amaze.
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