Gil Evans (featuring Wayne Shorter): Time of the Barracudas


Time Of The Barracudas


Gil Evans (featuring Wayne Shorter)


The Individualism Of Gil Evans (Verve 9210)

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Gil Evans (piano), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Gary Peacock (bass), Elvin Jones (drums),

Frank Rehak (trombone), Ray Alonge (French horn), Julius Watkins (French horn), Bill Barber (tuba), Al Bock (reeds), Andy Fitzgerald (reeds), George Marge (reeds), Bob Tricario (reeds), Robert Maxwell (harp)


Composed by Gil Evans and Miles Davis. Arranged and conducted by Gil Evans


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 9, 1964


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

On a series of stellar albums under his own name in the 1960s, Gil Evans went one step forward in cementing his reputation -- developed through his celebrated 1950s work with Miles Davis -- as jazzís preeminent arranger. On "Time Of The Barracudas," the all-star ensemble executes Evansís gorgeous arrangement before turning over to Wayne Shorter, whose solo is a model of thematic development and melodic precision. Over the driving force of Elvin Jonesís ride and a relentless pedal-point line from bassist Richard Davis, Shorterís lines snake with a probing intensity, running the range of the horn, but always zeroing in on the perfect melodic counterpoint.

Reviewer: Matt Miller


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