Nov 6, 2012
The musical collaboration between Gil Evans and Miles Davis began around 1948, when Evans, who had been sought out by the likes of Gerry Mulligan and Davis due to his innovative big band arrangements with Claude Thornhill, began collaborating on the arrangements for and conducting the sessions with a nonet. Davis and Evans' friendship and musical synergy produced a series of masterpieces, from The Birth of the Cool, to Sketches of Spain to Porgy and Bess.
The collaboration ended in 1962, and fifty years ago today Davis entered a New York studio and recorded "Once Upon A Summertime" and "Song, No.2". The material would not be released until 1963, when it was added to a patched together release called Quiet Nights. Davis was furious at producer Teo Macero for the release of what he viewed as an unfinished project, and did not work with Macero again until the October 1966 sessions for Miles Smiles.
The orchestra for this session included Johnny Coles, Miles Davis, Bernie Glow, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (tp) Dick Hixson, Jimmy Knepper, Frank Rehak (tb) Paul Ingraham, Robert Swisshelm, Julius Watkins (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Danny Bank, Eddie Caine, Romeo Penque, Jerome Richardson, Bob Tricarico (woodwinds) Janet Putman (harp) Jimmy Cobb (d) Elvin Jones, Bobby Rosengarden (per) and of course, Gil Evans (arr, cond).