Truesdell, who co-produced Schneider’s Grammy-winning 2007 album ‘‘Sky Blue’’ through ArtistShare, decided to use the fan-funding platform so he could retain artistic control and perform Evans’ music ‘‘exactly as he intended it to be played.’’ He took the biggest liberty on the Indian-inspired ‘‘Punjab’’ by adding a tabla drum because Evans’ score lacked rhythm section parts.
Many of the featured soloists — such as saxophonists Steve Wilson and Donny McCaslin, clarinetist Scott Robinson and pianist Frank Kimbrough — are musicians Truesdell worked with in Schneider’s orchestra.
‘‘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.
Truesdell says at times he was ready to throw in the towel, but Evans’ spirit kept him going.
‘‘I brought a picture of Gil conducting in the studio with Miles and taped it on my conductor’s podium, so I always had Gil right there,’’ Truesdell said. ‘‘You can’t play this music live without having Gil present.’’