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Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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The middle of summer is when the surprises in publishing turn up. I'm talking about those quietly commanding books that publishers tend to put out now, because fall and winter are focused on big books by established authors. Which brings us to The Dream Life of Astronauts, by Patrick Ryan, a very funny and touching collection of nine short stories that take place in the 1960s and '70s around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project On JazzSet

Jan 24, 2013
Originally published on July 10, 2014 3:21 pm

Gil Evans was born in Canada in 1912. He latched onto jazz and, in time, taught himself to write it. First, for dancers, Evans arranged tunes off the radio for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra as well as the sweet, warm sounds of flutes and French horns. Then Evans downsized the Thornhill sound to a nonet for The Birth of the Cool. Underscoring host Dee Dee Bridgewater's welcome to this set, you'll hear "Boplicity" from Birth of the Cool by Evans and his new friend, Miles Davis. Its lean-in-and-listen sound steered jazz in a new direction.

Davis, the fast-rising trumpeter of the late 1950s, partnered with Evans on three great successes: Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain. You can hear a Monterey Jazz Festival re-creation of the last two on our Gil Evans centennial edition of JazzSet. The last Gil Evans chapter was his own rocking Monday Night Orchestra, presented by Horst Liepolt in the 1980s at Sweet Basil in New York, as advertised every week in The Village Voice.

When Gil Evans died in 1988, many of his scores had never been recorded. A few years ago, his family opened its collection to young composer Ryan Truesdell, who studied the music measure for measure and part for part. Truesdell discovered more charts in libraries and unreleased tracks in record-company archives. Finally, Truesdell put together a band, raised money, chose 10 pieces, went into the studio and made Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans. It's nominated for three Grammys, including Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

Besides four scores from Centennial, Truesdell selected three additional pieces for this occasion. First, "Concorde" by John Lewis acknowledges the Modern Jazz Quartet, Lewis' cooperative group, which played at the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954. Evans arranged it for his album The Individualism of Gil Evans. "The Ballad of the Sad Young Men" is for Newport founder George Wein, and Horace Silver closed his 1959 Newport set with "Sister Sadie." Evans arranged the piece for Out of the Cool featuring the Gil Evans Orchestra. Truesdell closes with it. So pull up a lawn chair and enjoy the Gil Evans Project in Surround Sound.

We close with "Race to the Bridge" by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band from the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival, as heard on New Year's Eve on Toast of the Nation.

Set List

  • "Dancing On A Great Big Rainbow" (Evans)
  • "How About You?" (Ralph Freed and Burton Lane)
  • "Punjab" (Evans)
  • "Look To The Rainbow" (E. Y. Harburg and Burton Lane)
  • "Concorde" (John Lewis)
  • "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men" (Fran Landesman and Tommy Wolfe)
  • "Sister Sadie" (Horace Silver)
  • All arrangements by Gil Evans


  • Ryan Truesdell, arranger and conductor
  • Steve Wilson, alto saxophone and woodwinds
  • Charles Pillow, alto saxophone and woodwinds
  • Rich Perry, tenor saxophone and woodwinds
  • Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone and woodwinds
  • Scott Robinson, baritone saxophone and woodwinds
  • Michael Rabinowitz, bassoon
  • Adam Unsworth, French horn
  • David Peel, French horn
  • Tony Kadleck, trumpet
  • Greg Gisbert, trumpet
  • Laurie Frink, trumpet
  • Ryan Keberle, trombone
  • Marshall Gilkes, trombone
  • George Flynn, trombone
  • Marcus Rojas, tuba
  • Ben Monder, guitar
  • Frank Kimbrough, piano
  • Jay Anderson, bass
  • Michael Truesdell, percussion
  • Lewis Nash, drums
  • Dan Weiss, tabla
  • Gretchen Parlato, voice


Recording by Steve Remote, Aurasonic Ltd., and Surround Sound mix by Duke Markos

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