Evans’ bewitching arrangement of “Where Flamingos Fly” had been kicking around in his playbook for several years, but he finally got it right when he replaced Helen Merrill’s smokestack-trail vocal with Jimmy Knepper’s plangent trombone, turning John Benson Brooks’ bluesy bill of lading into an aqueous tone poem: the New Orleans funeral of the Mermaid Queen. —Glenn Dixon

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