Evolution (Grachan Moncur III album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1964[1]
RecordedNovember 21, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
GenreAvant-garde jazz
LabelBlue Note
BST 84153
ProducerAlfred Lion
Grachan Moncur III chronology
Some Other Stuff

Evolution is the debut album led by the American trombonist Grachan Moncur III, recorded in 1963 and released on the Blue Note label.[2] Two contemporaneous Jackie McLean albums (One Step Beyond and Destination... Out!) recorded with Moncur, and featuring the same inside/out musical style, were also recorded in 1963 by Blue Note.


The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "With such an inventive debut, it's a shame Moncur didn't record more as a leader, which makes Evolution an even more important item for fans of Blue Note's avant-garde to track down".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Grachan Moncur III
  1. "Air Raid" - 9:19
  2. "Evolution" - 12:24
  3. "The Coaster" - 11:39
  4. "Monk in Wonderland" - 7:54



  1. ^ Billboard May 2, 1964
  2. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed November 17, 2010
  3. ^ Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 17, 2010