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This 10-track compilation, part of Verve’s “Jazz Masters” series, documents Gil Evans’ less praised—but no less artistically fecund—post-Miles Davis collaborations. In the late ’40s, Evans’ work was met with critical indifference, but the cloudy woodwind and brass textures that the composer/arranger began to experiment with as part of Claude Thornhill’s Orchestra were even more sublime and arresting than his earlier efforts. The orchestrations on bossa nova vocalist Astrud Gilberto’s too brief “She’s a Carioca” shadow her whispered vocal before erupting like a sudden passion and then collapsing into a wistful fog. On guitarist Kenny Burrell’s lush, ruminative reading of Harold Arlen’s “Last Night When We Were Young,” Evans’ harmonic palette cushions the guitar’s pensive improvisations as it gently escorts the music out the door. A more swinging, vigorous side of Evans can be heard in his readings of Willie Dixon’s blues classic, “Spoonful,” and of Kurt Weill’s “The Barbara Song”—a performance also notable for trumpeter Johnny Coles’ terse but lovely solo lines.