By the 1980’s, Gil Evans orchestra’s repertoire was a distinctive blend of Hendrix tunes, original pieces from band members and the occasional nod to Gil’s earlier recordings. The set at Hamburg includes four songs from the Hendrix book, although just one of these (“Up From The Skies”) was part of the original studio album. Regular appearances in Europe meant that the band had now acquired a younger following, such as many in the audience at Fabrik, one well accustomed to its rock-referent concerts.
A year and a half after the concert at Fabrik, Gil Evans passed away in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Quite rightly he’ll always be remembered for recording those brilliant, luminous albums with Miles Davis and under his own name, but he had, in fact, led at least three contrasting musical lives. His final years saw him directing his band at a regular Monday night gig at Sweet Basil, New York, so it’s fitting that we now have this recording from Hamburg, one that serves as a memorial to his free-spirited later days. With an All Star Musicians Cast.
GIL EVANS ORCHESTRA
Live At Fabrik Hamburg 1986 (180Gr. / Triple-Gatefol