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dancing on a great big rainbow- study score

Dancing on a Great Big Rainbow- Study Score

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what you get

  • Study Score for “Dancing on a Great Big Rainbow” in PDF format via immediate download
  • A video in which Ryan Truesdell discusses the history of the chart and the story behind its rediscovery
  • A streaming audio analysis of the chart
  • A scan of a page from the original manuscript in Gil's own hand (downloadable PDF format)
  • A streaming audio example of the arrangement
  • TWO bonus, streaming audio lessons where Ryan discusses the early developments in Gil's writing from the beginning through the albums with Miles Davis (including a downloadable PDF with score examples)
   This project was completed on 9/6/2013    read more

“Dancing on a Great Big Rainbow” is a rare, but welcomed, original composition by Gil, written for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra in late 1950. Gil had reworked this arrangement for several different bands during this time, but somehow the piece went unrecorded. Thankfully we were able to record this amazing, unique chart for the first time on our album, CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans on ArtistShare® in celebration of Gil’s 100th birthday in 2012.

In addition to the study score, you will also receive a PDF download of a scanned page from Gil's original manuscript. You will also have access to a supplemental video in which I explain the unique history behind my discovery of this "lost" work and a streaming audio show in which I analyze the chart, discussing Gil's use of harmony, orchestration, and more.

I've worked on bringing this music back to life for a very long time, and it I am confident I can provide you with new insights into these previously forgotten masterpieces. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity get your hands on this priceless study score from one of the greatest, most dynamic composer/arrangers in jazz history.