Personnel: Gil Evans (piano); Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone); Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Louis Mucci, John Carisi, Jake Koven (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Bart Varsalona (bass trombone); Willie Ruff (French horn); Dave Kurtzer (bassoon); Paul Chambers (bass); Nick Stabulas, Jo Jones (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on September 6 & 27 and October 10, 1957. Originally released on Prestige (7120). Includes original liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Gil Evans (piano); Dave Kurtzer (bassoon); Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone); Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Louis Mucci, Jake Koven, Johnny Carisi (trumpet); Willie Ruff (French horn); Bart Varsalona (trombone, bass trombone); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Jo Jones , Nick Stabulas (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Ira Gitler; Stuart Kremsky.
Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (09/06/1957-10/10/1957); New Jersey (09/06/1957-10/10/1957); Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (09/06/1957-10/10/1957).
Editor: Joe Tarantino.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Louis Mucci; Jake Koven; Dave Kurtzer; Jo Jones ; Johnny Carisi; Paul Chambers; Willie Ruff; Nick Stabulas.
Arranger: Gil Evans.
Although arranger Gil Evans had been active in the major leagues of jazz ever since the mid-'40s and had participated in Miles Davis' famous Birth of the Cool recordings, Gil Evans & Ten was his first opportunity to record as a leader. The set features a typically unusual 11-piece unit consisting of two trumpets, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, Bart Varsalona on bass trombone, French horn player Willie Ruff, Steve Lacy on soprano, altoist Lee Konitz, Dave Kurtzer on bassoon, bassist Paul Chambers, and either Nick Stabulas or Jo Jones on drums, plus the leader's sparse piano. As good an introduction to his work as any, this program includes diverse works ranging from Leadbelly to Leonard Bernstein, plus Evans' own "Jambangle." The arranger's inventive use of the voices of his rather unique sidemen make this a memorable set. ~ Scott Yanow