Personnel includes: Gil Evans (arranger, piano, electric piano, celeste); Howard Johnson (arranger, tuba, clarinet, bass clarinet); David Horowitz (arranger, electric piano, organ, synthesizer); Trevor Koehler (arranger, soprano & tenor saxophones, flute); Tom Malone (arranger, trombone, bass trombone, flute, piccolo, synthesizer); "Hannibal" Marvin Peterson (vocals, trumpet); David Sanborn (soprano & alto saxophones, flute); Billy Harper (tenor saxophone, flute); Lew Soloff, Ernie Royal (trumpet, flugelhorn); Peter Gordon (French horn); Warren Smith (vibraphone, marimba, chimes, gong, percussion); John Abercrombie, Ryo Kawasaki, Keith Loving (guitar); Michael Moore (bass); Herb Bushler (electric bass); Sue Evans (drums, tympani, congas, cow bell); Bruce Ditmas (drums, tabla, cuica); Tony Williams (drums).
Producers: Mike Lipskin, Gil & Anita Evans.
Reissue producers: Barry Feldman, Michael O. Drexler.
Recorded at RCA Studio B, New York, New York on June 11-13, 1974 and June 25, 1975. Includes liner notes by Ian Dove and Stephanie Stein Crease.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Mojo (April 2002, p.122) - "...Sound-shaping with the aid of a youthful 19-piece line-up....the result is a record of considerable breadth that manages the trick of keeping Hendrix in mind while bowing completely to Evans' thoughts..."
This CD reissue (which adds additional material to the original LP program) is much more successful than one might have expected. Jimi Hendrix was scheduled to record with Gil Evans' Orchestra but died before the session could take place. A few years later, Evans explored ten of Hendrix's compositions with his unique 19-piece unit, an orchestra that included two French horns, the tuba of Howard Johnson, three guitars, two basses, two percussionists and such soloists as altoist David Sanborn, trumpeter Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson, Billy Harper on tenor, and guitarists Ryo Kawasaki and John Abercrombie. Evans' arrangements uplift many of Hendrix's more blues-oriented compositions and create a memorable set that is rock-oriented but retains the improvisation and personality of jazz. [This album was re-released in 2002 on the Bluebird label with four bonus tracks from the same sessions] ~ Scott Yanow