At the start of our talk, Gil Evans says, "It's hard to believe," in response to the longevity of his career. What's even harder to believe is how youthful this 75 year old composer/arranger appeared in person. He arrived at the recording studio wearing blue jeans, running shoes and a polo shirt, and, in part because of his extreme thinness, he exuded the aura of a man at least twenty years younger. It was only after talking to him for a few minutes that one realized the deceptive nature of his appearance. For while he maintained a youthful outlook and the take-it-as-it-comes attitude of a true jazzman, his personal power and his force among younger musicians were precisely tied to the wisdom gained from too many years spent as an outsider to financial success.