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Topic - Ryan Truesdell
Grammy nominee Ryan Truesdell felt like a "jazz archaeologist" as he sifted through thousands of pages of manuscripts in a safe in the apartment of renowned jazz composer-arranger Gil Evans, best known for his collaborations with Miles Davis.
"I wanted musicians who would be very respectful of Gil's music but yet have a modern twist to it," said Truesdell, whose next album will feature his own compositions and arrangements.
"I was speechless when the nominations were announced, but I was mostly thrilled that Gil got nominated for arrangements that would have remained in filing cabinets had we not played them," said Truesdell, interviewed over lunch. "I wanted to bring Gil's name back into the limelight ... and show how much more there was to him than those amazing records he did with Miles Davis."