Gil Evans & Ten

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Gil Evans & Ten
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Studio album by
ReleasedEnd of February/Early March 1958[1]
RecordedSeptember 9 & 27, October 10, 1957
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Hackensack
PRLP 7120
ProducerBob Weinstock
Gil Evans chronology
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Gil Evans & Ten (also released as Big Stuff and Gil Evans + Ten) is the first album by pianist, conductor, arranger and composer Gil Evans as a leader, released on the Prestige label in 1957. It features Evans' arrangements of five standards and one original composition performed by Evans, Steve Lacy, John Carisi, Jack Koven, Jimmy Cleveland, Bart Varsalona, Willie Ruff, Lee Konitz, Dave Kurtzer, Paul Chambers, Jo Jones, Louis Mucci and Nick Stabulas. In 2003 a SACD version was published, with the first release of the original stereo tapes.

Critical reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 5 stars stating "As good an introduction to his work as any, this program includes diverse works ranging from Leadbelly to Leonard Bernstein, plus Evans' own "Jambangle." The arranger's inventive use of the voices of his rather unusual sidemen make this a memorable set.".[2]The Penguin Guide to Jazz noted "It's a record somewhat overshadowed by the Impulse! and Verve sessions... but there's still plenty to listen to and enjoy".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Remember" (Berlin) – 4:33
  2. "Ella Speed" (Lead Belly, Lomax) – 5:50
  3. "Big Stuff" (Bernstein) – 4:49
  4. "Nobody's Heart" (Rodgers, Hart) – 4:25
  5. "Just One of Those Things" (Porter) – 4:25
  6. "If You Could See Me Now" (Dameron, Carl Sigman) – 4:18
  7. "Jambangle" (Evans) – 4:57

Track 1 recorded on September 6, 1957; # 2, 4 and 6 recorded on September 27, 1957; tracks 3, 5 and 7 on October 10, 1957.



  1. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (3 March 1958). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 4, 2011
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 414. ISBN 0141023279.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 74. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.