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Ryan Truesdell: Unearthing the Cool

Bringing newly discovered Gil Evans music to life

Ryan Truesdell
Ryan Truesdell

The greatest jazz musicians are revered. A few of the greatest jazz musicians are beloved. Gil Evans was beloved, and not just for his masterpieces, like Out of the Cool and Sketches of Spain. Almost any Evans arrangement explores emotions that listeners had once assumed were unique to themselves. For many people, Evans is personal. The elusive beauty of his arrangements hints at what life might have been.

So when rumors of a project containing previously unrecorded Evans music begin circulating, they create a lot of buzz. The rumors are true, and the album is Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans, by Ryan Truesdell, on ArtistShare. Its release date of May 13, 2012, is the 100th anniversary of Evans’ birth. (He died in 1988 at 75.)

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