Originally Posted by mambo4
thanks, just the kind of thing I was hoping for.
Had Evans himself ever written about arranging?
I don't think so. He, like Duke Ellington, created their own sorts of systems for their own composition, but at the time didn't think (or had no desire) to put their ideas into publication as a one-size-fits-all pedagogical method. Instead, like all good things happening in jazz in the 40's and 50's, he just verbally explained things he was doing to other up-and-comers, who went off and did their own thing with the tricks he showed them. One of these was Herb Pomeroy, who codified a system called Line Writing, and with that helped develop Jazz education as we know it, basically singlehandedly starting the jazz writing program at Berklee, and the jazz program at MIT. His ideas are still the foundation of the jazz composition program at Berklee, which are incorporated in the Modern Jazz Voicings book (and in the other book by Berklee Press, Writing for Large Jazz Ensemble, especially the chapter on line writing). So basically, that book is a game of six degrees of separation, but it'll give you a good foundation in technique and arrive in a way that you can appreciate what Gil is doing.