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There are those action films that transcend their genre. Like Terminator. Robocop. The documentary Senna. That, through power of plot, character and some deep narrative yearning of soul become far more than the sum of their parts, and stay in the hearts of many more of us than just the 14-year-old boys who lay proper claim to them.
The original Bourne trilogy sits comfortably within this bunch, and deserved a fitting spin-off. Instead, what it got was evidently the product of a meeting that consisted of "Ok, guys, sit down, I got the call. We got the rights to Bourne. Greengrass is out, Gilroy's in. So... anybody got any ideas?"
And it seems nobody did, so director Tony Gilroy was forced to polish off his pen that had created the original mould-breaking trilogy, and fill up an A5 page with plot. »
- Caroline Frost
Gil Evans, perhaps the second-greatest arranger in jazz after Duke Ellington, was born Ian Ernest Gilmore Green on May 13, 1912 in Toronto, Canada (Evans was his stepfather's name). Though best known for his collaborations with Miles Davis, Evans released many great albums as a bandleader and created a highly influential style that changed the course of jazz history.
Though self-taught, by age 21 Evans was leading a big band that became the house group at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa Beach. Eventually it was fronted and then led by singer Skinnay Ennis, and Claude Thornhill joined Evans in providing arrangements for them. Thornhill then moved to New York to start his own band, and in 1941 invited Evans to New York to write arrangements. Soon Evans's arrangements with their lush, hazy, floating textures defined the Thornhill style.
Though theoretically a swing band, the Thornhill ensemble was one of the most progressive big bands of its time, »
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