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Gil Evans On Pacific Jazz

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature pianist, arranger, and composer Gil Evans, legendary for his late-1950s work with trumpeter Miles Davis.

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The late-1950s Pacific Jazz album of pianist, arranger, and composer Gil Evans. These lesser-known LPs, recently reissued by Blue Note as one CD, showcase an application of his writing talents to such warhorses as “St. Louis Blues,” “King Porter Stomp,” and other jazz standards.

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature the late-1950s Pacific Jazz albums of pianist, arranger, and composer Gil Evans.

Evans is legendary for his late-1950s work with trumpeter Miles Davis (Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain); these lesser-known LPs, recently reissued by Blue Note as one CD (including liner notes by Indiana University’s own David Baker), showcase an application of his writing talents to such warhorses as “St. Louis Blues,” “King Porter Stomp,” and other jazz standards.

Among the soloists joining Evans are alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and trumpeter Johnny Coles.

We’ll also hear music from Anita O’Day, Jeri Southern, Warne Marsh, Nat King Cole, Bill Potts, and others.

Music Heard On This Episode

Lullaby of the Leaves
Anita O'Day — Comp. Verve/Clef Recordings (Mosaic, 1952)
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Lullaby of the Leaves
Anita O'Day — Comp. Verve/Clef Recordings (Mosaic, 1952)
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Autumn Leaves
Ernie Henry — Last Chorus (Riverside, 1957)

Notes: Benny Golson arrangement.

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Tenderly
Ella Fitzgerald — Hello Love (Verve, 1957)
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This October
Julie London — Calendar Girl (Liberty, 1956)
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My Man's Gone Now
Nina Simone — Nina Simone Sings the Blues (RCA, 1967)

Notes: Also on the anthology SUGAR IN MY BOWL.

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Clara, Clara
Bill Potts — The Jazz Soul of Porgy & Bess (United Artist, 1959)
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I Loves You Porgy
Bill Evans — Live at Montreux (Verve, 1968)
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My Ship
Miles Davis/Gil Evans — Porgy & Bess (Columbia, 1958)
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I Must Have That Man
Jeri Southern — Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories (Roulette, 1958)
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La Nevada (Theme)
Gil Evans — Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings (Blue Note, 1959)
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A Time for Love
Warne Marsh — All Music (Nessa Records, 1976)
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A Blossom Fell
Nat King Cole — The World of Nat King Cole (Capitol)
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Some Cats Know
Peggy Lee — Sings Leiber and Stoller (A & M Records, 1975)
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Kiss Me Again
Oscar Moore — Oscar Moore Quartet W/Carl Perkins (Tampa, 1954)
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St. Louis Blues
Gil Evans — Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings (Blue Note, 1958)
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Willow Tree
Gil Evans — Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings (Blue Note, 1958)
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Round Midnight
Gil Evans — Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings (blue note, 1958)
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Along About Midnight
Dakota Staton — Softly/Round Midnight (EMI/Capitol, 1961)

Notes: Benny Carter arranging and conducting.

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502 Blues (Drinkin' and Drivin')
Wayne Shorter — Adam's Apple (Blue Note, 1966)
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By Myself
Rosemary Clooney — Rosie Solves the Swingin' Riddle! (Bluebird, 1960)
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Davenport Blues
Gil Evans — Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings (Blue Note, 1959)
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Ballad of the Sad Young Men
Gil Evans — Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings (Blue Note, 1959)
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Django
Gil Evans — Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings (Blue Note, 1959)
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For All We Know
Dave Brubeck — At Carnegie Hall (Columbia/Legacy, 1963)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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