Priestess (album)

Priestess is a live album by jazz composer, arranger, conductor and keyboardist Gil Evans recorded in 1977 and performed by Evans with an orchestra featuring David Sanborn, Arthur Blythe, Lew Soloff, and George Adams.[1]

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Live album by
RecordedMay 13, 1977
VenueSt. George Church, New York City
LabelAntilles AN 1010
ProducerJohn Simon
Gil Evans chronology
Where Flamingos Fly
British Orchestra


In 1984, this album was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group.[citation needed]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars stating "After the success of his studio sessions of the early to mid-'70s, Gil Evans primarily recorded live in concert during the remainder of his career. This is one of the better sets... the music is quite stimulating and exciting".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Priestess" (Billy Harper) - 19:42
  2. "Short Visit" (John Simon) - 12:07
  3. "Lunar Eclipse (月食, Gessyoku)" (Masabumi Kikuchi) - 4:19
  4. "Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk" (Charles Mingus) - 4:40



  1. ^ Gil Evans discography accessed June 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed June 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 74. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.