Don Elliott (tp, mellophone, vib), Frank Rehak (tb), Al Cohn, Herbie Mann (fl, ts), Hal McKusick (fl, as, b-cl), Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque (fl, oboe, Eng-h, basson), Barry Galbraith, Joe Puma (g), Paul Chambers (b), Art Taylor (d), Candido (conga)
Reference: FSRCD 598
Bar code: 8427328605984
Although this is probably not what the composer had in mind when the music for Broadway hit 'Jamaica' was written, the astounding arrangements Gil Evans did in 1957 for the octet of multi-instrumentalist Don Elliott, are a welcome surprise. His unique jazz approach and the solo talents of Elliott on trumpet, mellophone, vibraphone, marimba and bongos breathe new life into a classic. All the musicians involved perform superbly, with Candido giving excellent support on conga, but the real glory belongs to Evans, whose kaleidoscopic arrangements dominate the album.
About A Musical Offering, recorded the previous year with a sextet, Elliott said he was searching for the sound of beautiful simplicity. With that in mind, he had commissioned a young and skilled arranger, Quincy Jones, to write clear-cut, modern arrangements for twelve tunes that, in Quincys own words, were without the complexity of Bird and without the dissonance of Kenton. Polite, nonchalant pleasing music. You may call them daylight arrangements. They all feature fine soloing by great jazzmen.
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