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The Gil Evans Orchestra – Where Flamingos Fly (1961)

Gil Evans collaborated with Miles Davis in the late 1950s playing a key role in LPs such as  Miles Ahead (1957), Porgy and Bess (1958), and Sketches of Spain (1960). His role being significant enough to get a full namecheck on the cover …. “Orchestra under the direction of Gil Evans”

Out of the Cool, recorded in late 1960 and then released in January 1961 on the legendary Impulse! label, was Evans’ first recording after these three Miles Davis LPs.

Where Flamingos Fly is a beautiful piece written by John Benson Brooks. Allmusic.com describe it thus:

Following a four-note theme on guitar, flute, tuba, and trombone, it comes out dramatic and blue, but utterly spacious and warm. The melancholy feels like the tune “Summertime” in the trombone melody, but shifts toward something less impressionistic and more expressionist entirely by the use of gentle dissonance by the second verse as the horns begin to ratchet things up just a bit, allowing Persip and Jones to play in the middle on a variety of percussion instruments before the tune takes on a New Orleans feel, and indeed traces much of orchestral jazz history over the course of its five minutes without breaking a sweat.


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