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Album review: 'Hidden Treasure, Volume One: Monday Nights' 

The Gil Evans Orchestra

'Hidden Treasures, Volume One: Monday Nights'

Bopper Spock Suns Music

The late, great arranger Gil Evans may be best known for "Sketches of Spain" and other albums he arranged for Miles Davis, but The Gil Evans Orchestra, broke new ground every Monday night at the Greenwich Village club Sweet Basil. Four decades after the orchestra's last studio recording, Evans' sons - Miles Evans (trumpet) and Noah Evans - have assembled many of the original players for a wildly kinetic session. The core band of 10 is supported by 15 additional musicians who are featured on different tracks.

The repertoire includes "Moonstruck" and "Eleven," two Gil Evans compositions in their original arrangements. The former is a striking example of Evans' unusual voicings, the latter a showcase for his bold ensemble writing. But perhaps most striking is his arrangement of Masabumi Kikuchi's "Lunar Eclipse," in which Evans transforms the orchestra into a gorgeous runaway train. No band stands still, so don't be surprised when you hear Darryl Jones's slap bass on Miles Evans's catchy composition "LL Funk."

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