“Great Encounters” are book excerpts that chronicle famous encounters among twentieth-century cultural icons. This edition describes the early friendship and collaboration of Miles Davis and composer/arranger Gil Evans, who Miles once described as “the greatest musician in the world.”
Excerpted from Castles Made of Sound: The Story of Gil Evans,
by Larry Hicock
“I first met Gil when I was with Bird,” Miles told Marc Crawford in a 1961 interview for Down Beat.
He was asking for a release on my tune, “Donna Lee.”…I told him he could have it and asked him to teach me some chords and let me study some of the scores he was doing for Claude Thornhill.
He really flipped o me on the arrangement of “Robbin’s Nest” he did for Claude. See, Gil had this cluster of chords and superimposed another cluster over...
September 12th, 2016