Gil Evans: Summertime
Gil Evans (piano, electric piano)
Svengali (Atlantic 8122-75353-2)
Andrew “Tex” Allen, Richard Williams (trumpets); Sharon Freeman, Peter Levin (French horns); Joe Daley (trombone, tuba), Billy Harper (flute, tenor sax), Trevor Koehler (flute, soprano sax, baritone sax), David Sanborn (alto sax), Howard Johnson (baritone sax, flugelhorn, tuba), David Horowitz (synthesizer), Herb Bushler (electric bass), Bruce Ditmas (drums), Susan Evans (percussion).
Composed by George Gershwin & DuBose Heyward. Arranged by Gil Evans.
Recorded: New York, May 30, 1973
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
This is essentially a rearrangement of the score that Gil Evans wrote for Miles Davis's Porgy and Bess (1958). But Evans has updated it to the electric '70s, and assigned the lead to guitar to emphasize the blues tinge of Gershwin's song. Ted Dunbar's solo may not be the greatest ever taken on these familiar chords, but it's surrounded by a maze of details that widen the sound spectrum and bear Evans's mark, from the sweet jungle of cymbals and miscellaneous percussion to the daring contrast between tweeting flutes and roaring tubas.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum