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Friday, June 01, 2007

Sting and Gil Evans Orchestra - Last Session

Sting_evansperugiaSting took a break from the recording session for the album Nothing Like The Sun and performed a show with Gil Evans and his orchestra in a stadium in Perúgia. The media attention for this event was reflected by the fact that Rai Uno, the most popular Italian public TV channel broadcast it live during prime time.The Umbria Jazz 87 Festival was held from 10-07-1987 to 19-07-1987.
Before the show Sting and Gil Evans held a press conference. Sting compared working with Gil like winning the WorldCup. Gil: "Sting started out in jazz. He worked into this very quickly. It's as we have always worked together. No problem at all."
The show started by the Gil Evans Band opening with the instrumental Bird Feather of Charlie Parker.
Sting sang Tony Williams' There Comes A Time together with George Adams.
Miles Evans introduced the band during the intro of Consider Me Gone.
The complete show (except of Murder By Numbers, because of the broadcast of commercials) was broadcasted on Rai Uno. Sting played guitar during the instrumental version of Synchronicity I. On March 20, 1988 Gil Evans died at the age of 75 after complications during an operation in Mexico. This was about eight months after the show in Perugia.


Setlist:


Bud And Bird (Gil Evans; without Sting) - Up From The Skies - Strange Fruit - Shadows In The Rain - Little Wing/ From Me To You - There Comes A Time - Consider Me Gone - Murder By Numbers - Synchronicity I (instrumental w/ Sting on guitar) - Roxanne ** Tea In The Sahara/ Walking On The Moon ** instrumental (without Sting & Branford) ** Message In A Bottle


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Sting & Gil Evans Orchestra - Last Session

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