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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Poll Winners
  • ASIN: B006O9MEVO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this album from the Jazz great. Contains Gil Evans' classic album Out Of The Cool in its entirety, featuring such stars as Budd Johnson, Johnny Coles, Jimmy Knepper, Ron Carter and Elvin Jones. The remaining song from the sessions ('Sister Sadie'), as well as the original 1959 version of 'La Nevada', and Evans' vocal arrangement of 'Where Flamingos Fly' (sung by Helen Merrill), have been added as a bonus. As an additional bonus this CD also contains three tunes by the Gil Evans Orchestra featuring Johnny Carisi as the trumpet soloist, recorded during the same period as Out Of The Cool. Poll Winners.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3669fd8) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0xa369ebdc) out of 5 stars The Cool 'Out of the Cool' Dec 15 2009
By Barry W. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the true classic jazz albums of the last half of the twentieth century. The arrangements by
Gil Evans are most unusual with excellent use of bass brass. Cool it is -- highly recommended.
Although unusual, will not offend the classical jazz listener. It is not free jazz for example and
is not ever dissonant.

Gripe. The companion album 'Into the Hot' is available only in an outrageously overpriced edition.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Lance B. Sjogren - Published on Amazon.com
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This is some of the best jazz you will ever hear. I still can't believe this was performed in 1961. I don't listen a great deal to 1950s/early 1960s jazz because it seems to me that while there was musical genius at work during that era in terms of creation of many of the great jazz songs and instrumentation, there is generally somewhat of a rough and primitive quality to the music compared to what it has evolved into in more recent decades.

But this music comes across to me as something that might have been created in the 70s or 80s. Gil Evans was way ahead of his time.

To enjoy this music you do need to have some affinity for big band jazz. However, Gil Evans' approach toward big band is very colorful, has lots of dynamic range, and tremendous solo performances, so don't be concerned that it is going to be just a bunch of loud choruses from the brass section.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa369edec) out of 5 stars An Argument Against Reverse Racism July 15 2012
By Ronald Gold - Published on Amazon.com
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One of my pet peeves is the notion that there are no great white jazz musicians -- as if it's not possible to revere Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker and Lester Young and still admit that Woody Herman and Benny Goodman led great bands, that Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker had "soul" -- and that Gil Evans was up there with Billy Strayhorn as a pre-eminent jazz arranger.

This disc is a rare and treasurable example of Evans out from the shadow of the great Miles Davis, and fronting his own band, featuring his own brilliant piano and some terrific guitar from Ray Crawford. It belongs in anybody's jazz collection.

Did you know that Lester Young's favorite singer, apart from Billie Holliday, was - Frank Sinatra?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36a20fc) out of 5 stars Out of the Cool into jazz heat. Dec 5 2013
By james l may - Published on Amazon.com
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What a joy. This is real jazz, the kind I used to listen to in the 50's at the great jazz halls in San Francisco It sounded like I was back at the Jazz Workshop or the Blackhawk I ffirst heard one of these selections on an evening jazz show and knew I had to have the album..The orchestrations are spectacular, and the album demands repetitive play. After hearing it for the first time, I immediately bought a second copy to send to my son, another jazz aficionado. I wasn't familiar with any of the tracks, but I am now. Gil Evans is a genius. Out of the Cool is great music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36a215c) out of 5 stars Gil Evans classic June 15 2014
By Shimon - Published on Amazon.com
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You're either going to love it or hate it.

Now that this era is over, and all the lead players have moved on, this moves into classic status.

Some people call them tone poems; others "symphonic jazz"; it hardly matters what label one applies, it's beautiful and timeless.