recall Fizzgig’s short piece on
Miles Davis and Gil Evans in Issue 1.
Today’s Pink Shell-like has a jazz orientation also, and begins
with composer/arranger Gil Evans himself.
On top of
the exceptional music we had come to expect from Evans, his 1973 LP Svengali
was fascinating to me for another reason. You see, it afforded a further
example of musical word play, a worthy subject this column has concerned
itself with in the past (i.e. Wagnerian anagrams in Issue 10, 1998
November) and will continue to cover in future issues.
among the credits, in the fine print, is the acknowledgment “Anagram:
anagram?” you may be asking. Well, take another look at the album title.
this is the only anagram to be found on the liner notes of a Gil Evans
record. On his Gil Evans and Ten (1957), for instance, an alto sax
player by the name of “Zeke Tolin” is listed. This expedient, of
course, has been around for years, and is used when performers contracted
to one recording company appear on a competitor’s label.
you’re in the mood, here is a further anagrammatic set of clues for your
pleasure. All twenty are rearranged names of jazz performers, using the
names each is best known by. We’ve made is easier with an extra clue —
the initial of the surname.
1. Analyst worms in (6,8) [M]
2. Bond money nag (5,7) [G]
3. Born wary (3,5) [B]
4. Cute bonsai (5,5) [B]
5. Doglike tunnel (4,9) [E]
6. Glee ramble (6,4) [B]
7. Her satirical chin (7,9) [C]
8. In my larger lug (5,8) [M]
9. Lie on lace (4,5) [L]
10. Massive lid (4,5) [D]
11. Men galore (6,3) [M]
12. My newest groom (3,10) [M]
13. No machine walks (7,7) [H]
14. No mean hilltop (6,7) [H]
15. Our migrant loss (5,9) [A]
16. Oval cherries (6,6) [S]
17. Pure ancestors (5,8) [P]
18. Tank sonnet (4,6) [K]
19. Waterfalls (4,6) [W]
20. Why me a donor? (5,6) [H]