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Artist’s Choice: Ryan Truesdell on the Hidden Gems of Gil Evans

A master of orchestral surprise

Ryan Truesdell
Gil Evans, circa 1960

Many listeners’ knowledge of Gil Evans begins and ends with his collaborations with Miles Davis. With 25 years of music on either side of those historic albums, there is a wealth of Evans’ genius that is often overlooked. By delving into his music from before and after those seminal collaborations, including material for other artists, we can more fully appreciate the scope of his composing and arranging style. I hope these “hidden gems” inspire you to explore more of Gil Evans’ remarkable discography.

Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra

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