Gil Evans: Let The Juice Loose


Let The Juice Loose


Gil Evans & The Monday Night Orchestra


Farewell - Live at Sweet Basil (Evidence ECD 22031)

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Gil Evans (piano), Bill Evans (sax, flute), Hiram Bullock (guitar),

Johnny Coles (flugelhorn), Lew Soloff, Shunzo Ono, Miles Evans (trumpets), Dave Bargeron, Dave Tucker (trombones), John Clark (French horn), Hamiet Bluiett (sax, clarinet), Chris Hunter (sax, flute), Peter Levin, Gil Goldstein (synthesizers), Mark Egan (bass), Danny Gottlieb (drums)


Composed by Bill Evans (sax)


Recorded: live at Sweet Basil, New York, December 1986


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

For the last five years of his life, Gil Evans and his Monday Night Orchestra held forth at the New York's Sweet Basil nightclub. A lot of really interesting music was played on those nights, and anyone enough lucky to have attended will never forget it.

Farewell was recorded two years before Evans died, and was released four years after his death. It was an Evans trademark that he would always change with the times. "Let the Juice Loose," written by Bill Evans (sax), was a jazz-rock fusion number that had been part of the repertoire for Evans's (sax) own bands and the 1980s Mahavishnu. In this big band arrangement, it takes on a much different character. There is no lack of fusion drive. But Evans's arrangement made room for ambience and even some humor as evidenced by the bleating horn intro. This performance is full of top-notch big band fanfare and outstanding solo turns, notably from Evans (sax) and Bullock on guitar.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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