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Gil Evans

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Gil Evans (13 May, 1913 - 20 March, 1988) was a jazz arranger and pianist; noted for working with Miles Davis. His birth name was Ian Ernest Gilmore Green.

Evans was born in Toronto, Canada.

Works with Miles Davis

Miles Davis was a noted American trumpet player, with whom Gil Evans worked during their early careers. Their collaboration started in 1948, with the formation of a nonet; the resultant recordings were later collected and issued on the LP The Birth of the Cool. Later, the two men collaborated more extensively: first with Miles Ahead, then with Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, and lastly with the under-appreciated Quiet Nights. It is widely accepted that although these four records were marketed primarily under the name of Davis (often credited as Miles Davis and the Gil Evans Big Band) Evans's contribution was just as important. Their work was a companionship of classic big band jazz with a skillful soloist. All their work featured arrangements written by Evans for big band--which Evans rehearsed--onto which Davis played with extraordinary melodic and stylistic skill. Though perhaps not as groundbreaking as Davis's Kind of Blue, Evans's and Davis's work can be appreciated as monumental to jazz.

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