Album: Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Moon Dreams, (Challenge)

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This is pure jazz gold-dust: rediscovered music by Gerry Mulligan and Gil Evans written for Claude Thornhill's pre-Birth of the Cool orchestra and never released in complete form before.

Evans' arrrangements of "The Happy Stranger", a fabulous "Easy Living Medley", "Yardbird Suite" and "Lover Man" are so dreamily perfect that they almost make you levitate. The 26-piece orchestra's treatment of the scores can be rather icily efficient but that carries its own charm, too.