Bluebird Records, the RCA jazz subsidiary that was resurrected last year, continues its series of First Edition reissues with three CDs released on Feb. 5:
Gil Evans The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimmy Hendrix
Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers A Night in Tunisia
Paul Desmond Desmond Blue (pictured left)
Jimi and Gil originally conceived an Evans-Hendrix album, based on “Third Stone From the Sun,” when the guitarist was alive. What was supposed be a summit between the avant-rock guitarist and the worldly arranger, however, turned out to be Evans’ tribute to Hendrix, who died in 1970. This 1974 album reeks of its time period: it’s funky, groovy and a tad cheesy, but Evans’ arrangements are still shaded with his unique tonal colors. The reissue contains four alternate, unissued tracks, and features the talents of David Sanborn, George Adams, Billy Harper, Lew Soloff, Howard Johnson, Tony Williams, John Abercrombie, Ryo Kawasaki and Keith Loving.