Gil Evans: Stratusphunk
The Gil Evans Orchestra
Out of the Cool (Impulse IMPD-186)
Phil Sunkel (trumpet); Jimmy Knepper, Keg Johnson (trombones); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Bill Barber (tuba); Eddie Caine (flute, piccolo, alto saxophone) Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Bob Tricarico (bassoon, flute, piccolo).
Composed by George Russell..
Recorded: November 18, 1960
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Gil Evans and George Russell first paced together in Birth of the Cool's modernity ward—the late-1940s salon in Gil's unheated, one-room, Manhattan basement apartment behind a Chinese laundry. Even then they were forward-thinkers. No surprise that they should figure in this early masterwork of Space Age Jazz. "Stratusphunk" is a blues with a walking bass that Evans ingeniously assigns to bass trombone, gradually leading to a slap-tongued saxophone theme (where the instruments are audibly fingered and tongued but not blown) that's as spacey as the electronic music in Hollywood's sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet (1956). And Gil didn't need a roomful of overwrought oscillators!
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Other reviews for this track:
- Gil Evans: Stratusphunk by Maria Schneider (100/100)