Gil Evans – New Bottle Old Wine (Full Album)

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New Bottle Old Wine is an album by jazz composer, arranger, conductor and pianist Gil Evans recorded in 1958 by Evans with an orchestra. The album is a suite of songs written by and/or associated with major jazz musicians and composers, in original arrangements by Gil Evans (conceptually similar to several albums Evans made with Miles Davis, including Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain). Cannonball Adderley (Davis’ alto saxophone player at the time) is featured as the main soloist. The orchestra also featured a number of important players including Bill Barber, Frank Rehak, Johnny Coles, Art Blakey, and Paul Chambers (also a member of Miles Davis’ band at the time).

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars and stated:”This is near-classic music that showed that Gil Evans did not need Miles Davis as a soloist to inspire him to greatness.”

Track listing:
“St. Louis Blues” (W. C. Handy) – 5:26
“King Porter Stomp” (Jelly Roll Morton) – 3:19
“Willow Tree” (Fats Waller, Andy Razaf) – 4:40
“Struttin’ With Some Barbeque” (Lil Armstrong) – 4:34
“Lester Leaps In” (Lester Young) – 4:17
“‘Round Midnight” (Thelonious Monk) – 4:08
“Manteca!” (Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Fuller, Babs Gonzales) – 5:18
“Bird Feathers” (Charlie Parker) – 6:57
Recorded in New York City on April 9 (tracks 1,2,5 & 6), May 2 (track 3), 21 (track 4), and 26 (tracks 7 & 8), 1958

Personnel:
Gil Evans – piano, arranger, conductor
Cannonball Adderley – alto saxophone (soloist)
Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (tracks 1-3, 5 & 6), Clyde Reasinger (tracks 4, 7 & 8) – trumpet
Joe Bennet, Frank Rehak, Tom Mitchell – trombone
Julius Watkins – french horn
Harvey Phillips (tracks 1, 2, 5 & 6), Bill Barber (tracks 3, 4, 7 & 8) – tuba
Jerry Sanfino (tracks 1, 2, 5 & 6), Phil Bodner (tracks 3, 4, 7 & 8) – reeds
Chuck Wayne – guitar
Paul Chambers – bass
Philly Joe Jones (track 3), Art Blakey (tracks 1, 2 & 4-8) – drums

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Released: 1958
Recorded: April 9-May 26, 1958
Label: World Pacific
Producer: George Avakian

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