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Bill Evans

With the passage of time, Bill Evans has become an entire school unto himself for pianists and a singular mood unto himself for listeners. There is no more influential jazz-oriented pianist -- only McCoy Tyner exerts nearly as much pull among younger players and journeymen -- and Evans has left his mark on such noted players as Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau. Borrowing heavily from the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, Evans brought a new, introverted, relaxed, lyrical, European classical sensibility into jazz -- and that seems to have attracted a lot of young conservatory-trained pianists who follow his chord voicings to the letter in clubs and on stages everywhere. Indeed, classical pianists like Jean-Yves Thibaudet have recorded note-for-note transcriptions of Evans' performances, bringing out the direct lineage with classical composers. In interviews, Evans often stressed that pianists should thoroughly learn technique and harmony so that they can put their inspiration to maximum use. Since he already had those tools in hand, he worked very hard on his touch, getting the special, refined tone that he wanted out of a piano. He also tried to democratize the role of the bassist and drummer in his succession of piano trios, encouraging greater contrapuntal interplay.

Bespectacled, shy, soft-spoken, and vulnerable, Evans was not a good fit into the rough-and-tumble music business. In part to shield himself from the outside world, he turned to drugs -- first heroin, and later, cocaine -- which undoubtedly shortened his life. In interviews, though, he sounds thoroughly in control, completely aware of what he wanted from his art, and colleagues report that he displayed a wicked sense of humor. Nowadays, Evans seems to be immune from criticism, but there was a time when he was accused of not being able to swing, or pilloried for an "effete" approach to jazz that was alien to its African sources. However, there are plenty of Evans recordings which show that he could indeed flash the technique and swing as hard as anyone when he wanted to, especially early in his career. He simply chose a different path for himself, one entirely reflective of his inward personality -- and that's what seems to touch listeners inside and outside jazz the most. Indeed, the cult for Evans' recordings is big enough to justify the existence of six large, expensive boxed sets of his output: four from Fantasy's archives, one from Warner Bros., and the biggest one from Verve. A newcomer, though, would be better-advised to sample Evans in smaller doses. Since the bulk of his recordings were made with the same piano-bass-drums instrumentation, and his career was not marked by dramatic shifts in style, prolonged listening to hours upon hours of his trio recordings can lead to monotony (after all, you can even overdose on Bach, as great as he was).

Born and raised in New Jersey, Evans was recruited for Southeastern Louisiana University on a flute scholarship, where he received a thorough background in theory, played in the marching band, and also led his football team to a league championship as a quarterback. Graduating as a piano major in 1950, he started to tour with the Herbie Fields band, but the draft soon beckoned, and Evans was placed in the Fifth Army Band near Chicago. After three years in the service, he arrived in New York in 1954, playing in Tony Scott's quartet and undertaking postgraduate studies at Mannes College, where he encountered composer George Russell and his modal jazz theories. By 1956, he had already recorded his first album as a leader for Riverside, New Jazz Conceptions, still enthralled by the bop style of Bud Powell but also unveiling what was to become his best-known composition, "Waltz for Debby," which he wrote while still in the Army.

In spring 1958, Evans began an eight-month gig with the Miles Davis Sextet, where he exerted a powerful influence upon the willful yet ever-searching leader. Though Evans left the band that autumn, exhausted by pressured expectations and anxious to form his own group, he was deeply involved in the planning and execution of Davis' epochal Kind of Blue album in 1959, contributing ideas about mood, structure, and modal improvisation, and collaborating on several of the compositions. Although the original release gave composition credit of "Blue in Green" to Davis, Evans claimed he wrote it entirely, based on two chords suggested by Davis (nowadays, they receive co-credit). In any case, Kind of Blue -- now the biggest-selling acoustic jazz album of all time -- contains perhaps the most moving performances of Evans' life.

Evans returned to the scene as a leader in December 1958 with the album Everybody Digs Bill Evans, which included the famous "Peace Piece," a haunting vamp for solo piano that sounds like a long-lost Satie Gymnopedie. Evans' first working trio turned out to be his most celebrated, combining forces with the astounding young bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian in three-way telepathic trialogues. With this group, Evans became a star -- and there was even talk about a recording with Davis involving the entire trio. Sadly, only ten days after a landmark live session at the Village Vanguard in June 1961, LaFaro was killed in an auto accident -- and the shattered Evans went into seclusion for almost a year. He re-emerged the following spring with Chuck Israels as his bassist, and he would go on to record duets with guitarist Jim Hall and a swinging quintet session, Interplay, with Hall and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard.

Upon signing with Verve in 1962, Evans was encouraged by producer Creed Taylor to continue to record in more varied formats: with Gary McFarland's big band, the full-orchestra arrangements of Claus Ogerman, co-star Stan Getz, a reunion with Hall. The most remarkable of these experiments was Conversations With Myself, a session where Evans overdubbed second and third piano parts onto the first; this eventually led to two sequels in that fashion. In his only concession to the emerging jazz-rock scene, Evans dabbled with the Rhodes electric piano in the 1970s but eventually tired of it, even though inventor Harold Rhodes had tailored the instrument to Evans' specifications. Mostly, though, Evans would record a wealth of material with a series of trios. Through his working trios would pass such players as bassists LaFaro (1959-1961), Israels (1962-1965), Gary Peacock (1963), Teddy Kotick (1966), Eddie Gomez (1966-1977), and Marc Johnson (1978-1980); and drummers Motian (1959-1962), Larry Bunker (1962-1965), Arnie Wise (1966, 1968), Joe Hunt (1967), Philly Joe Jones (1967, 1977-1978), Jack DeJohnette (1968), John Dentz (1968), Marty Morell (1968-1975), Eliot Zigmund (1975-1977), and Joe La Barbera (1978-1980). After Verve, Evans would record for Columbia (1971-1972), Fantasy (1973-1977), and Warner Bros. (1977-1980). The final trio with Johnson and La Barbera has been considered the best since the LaFaro-Motian team -- Evans thought so himself -- and their brief time together has been exhaustively documented on CDs.

Though Evans' health was rapidly deteriorating, aggravated by cocaine addiction, the recordings from his last months display a renewed vitality. Even on The Last Waltz, recorded as late as a week before his death from a hemorrhaging ulcer and bronchial pneumonia, there is no audible hint of physical infirmity. After Evans' death, a flood of unreleased recordings from commercial and private sources has elevated interest in this pianist to an insatiable level. ~ Richard S. Ginell
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Top Of The Gate (Live At Art D'Lugoff's)

Disc 1

1. Emily (Live)

2. Witchcraft (Live)

3. Yesterdays (Live)

4. Round Midnight (Live)

5. My Funny Valentine (Live)

6. California Here I Come (Live)

7. Gone With The Wind (Live)

8. Alfie (Live)

9. Turn Out The Stars (Live)

Disc 2

1. Yesterdays (Live)

2. Emily (Alternate Version) (Live)

3. In A Sentimental Mood (Live)

4. Round Midnight (Alternate Version) (Live)

5. Autumn Leaves (Live)

6. Someday My Prince Will Come (Live)

7. Mother Of Earl (Live)

8. Here's That Rainy Day (Live)

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Track List: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 (Live)

Disc 1

1. Spoken Introduction (Live)

2. Gloria's Step (Take1-Interupted) (Live)

3. Alice In Wonderland (Take1) (Live)

4. My Foolish Heart (Live)

5. All Of You (Take1) (Live)

6. Announcement And Intermission (Live)

7. My Romance (Take1) (Live)

8. Some Other Time (Live)

9. Solar (Live)

Disc 2

1. Gloria's Step (Take2) (Live)

2. My Man's Gone Now (Live)

3. All Of You (Take2) (Live)

4. Detour Ahead (Take1) (Live)

5. Discussing Repertorie (Live)

6. Waltz For Debby (Take1) (Live)

7. Alice In Wonderland (Take2) (Live)

8. Porgy (I Loves You, Porgy) (Live)

9. My Romance (Take2) (Live)

10. Milestones (Live)

Disc 3

1. Detour Ahead (Take2) (Live)

2. Gloria's Step (Take3) (Live)

3. Waltz For Debby (Take2) (Live)

4. All Of You (Take3) (Live)

5. Jade Visions (Take1) (Live)

6. Jade Visions (Take2) (Live)

7. ...A Few Final Bars (Live)

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Track List: Quiet Now

1. A Time For Love

2. Spartacus Love Theme

3. Turn Out The Stars

4. The Shadow Of Your Smile

5. Quiet Now

6. 'round Midnight

7. Angel Face

8. Emily

9. Never Let Me Go

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Track List: You Must Believe In Spring

1. B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine)

2. You Must Believe In Spring

3. Gary's Theme

4. We Will Meet Again (For Harry)

5. The Peacocks

6. Sometime Ago

7. Theme From M*A*S*H (Aka Suicide Is Painless)

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Track List: Alone

1. Here's That Rainy Day

2. A Time For Love

3. Midnight Mood

4. On A Clear Day (You can See Forever)

5. Never Let Me Go

6. Medley: All The Things You Are/Midnight Mood

7. A Time For Love (Alternate)

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Track List: Trio '65

1. Israel (1965)

2. Elsa (1965)

3. 'Round Midnight (1965)

4. Our Love Is Here To Stay (1965)

5. How My Heart Sings (1965)

6. Who Can I Turn To? (1965)

7. Come Rain Or Come Shine (1965)

8. If You Could See Me Now (1965)

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Track List: Bill Evans Trio With Symphony Orchestra

1. Granadas

2. Valse

3. Prelude

4. Time Remembered

5. Pavane

6. Elegia (Elegy)

7. My Bells

8. Blue Interlude

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Track List: Trio 64

1. Little Lulu

2. A Sleepin' Bee

3. Always

4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

5. I'll See You Again

6. For Heaven's Sake

7. Dancing In The Dark

8. Everything Happens To Me

9. Little Lulu (Alternate Take)

10. Little Lulu (Alternate Take)

11. Always (Alternate Take)

12. I'll See You Again (Alternate Take)

13. My Heart Stood Still

14. Always (Alternate Take)

15. I'll See You Again (Alternate Take)

16. My Heart Stood Still (False Start)

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Track List: Conversations With Myself

1. Round Midnight

2. How About You

3. Spartacus Love Theme

4. Blue Monk

5. Stella By Starlight

6. Hey There

7. N.Y.C.'s No Lark

8. Just You, Just Me

9. Bemsha Swing

10. A Sleepin' Bee

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Track List: At Shelly's Manne-Hole (Live)

1. Isn't It Romantic? (Live)

2. The Boy Next Door (Live)

3. Wonder Why (Live)

4. Swedish Pastry (Live)

5. Our Love Is Here To Stay (Live)

6. 'Round Midnight (Live)

7. Stelle By Starlight (Live)

8. Blues In (Live)

9. All The Things You Are (Live)

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Track List: Plays The Theme From V.I.P.'s And Others

1. Theme From "Mr. Novak"

2. Caretakers Theme

3. More

4. Walk On The Wild Side

5. Days Of Wine And Roses

6. Theme From "The V.I.P. S"

7. Hollywood

8. Sweet September

9. On Green Dolphin Street

10. Man With The Golden Arm

11. Laura

12. On Broadway

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Track List: Interplay

1. You And The Night And The Music

2. When You Wish Upon A Star

3. I'll Never Smile Again (Take 7)

4. I'll Never Smile Again (Take 6)

5. Interplay

6. You Go To My Head

7. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

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Track List: Interplay Sessions

1. You And The Night And The Music

2. When You Wish Upon A Star

3. I'll Never Smile Again

4. Interplay

5. You Go To My Head

6. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

7. Loose Bloose

8. Time Remembered

9. Funkallero

10. My Bells

11. There Came You

12. Fudgesickle Built For Four

13. Fun Ride

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Track List: Explorations

1. Israel

2. Haunted Heart

3. Beautiful Love (Take 2)

4. Beautiful Love (Take 1)

5. Elsa

6. Nardis

7. How Deep Is The Ocean

8. I Wish I Knew

9. Sweet And Lovely

10. The Boy Next Door

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Track List: Waltz For Debby

1. My Foolish Heart (Live)

2. Waltz For Debby (Live)

3. Waltz For Debby (Take 1) (live)

4. Detour Ahead (Take 2)

5. Detour Ahead (Take 1)

6. My Romance (Live)

7. My Romance (Take 2)

8. Some Other Time

9. Milestones

10. Porgy (I Loves You, Porgy)

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Track List: Portrait In Jazz

1. Come Rain Or Come Shine

2. Autumn Leaves

4. Witchcraft

5. When I Fall In love

6. Peri's Scope

8. Spring Is Here

9. Someday My Prince Will Come

10. Blue In Green (Take 3)

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Track List: New Jazz Conceptions

1. I Love You

2. Five

3. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good

4. Conception

5. Easy Living

6. Displacement

7. Speak Low

8. Waltz For Debby

9. Our Delight

10. My Romance

11. No Cover, No Minimum

12. No Cover, No Minimum (alternate take)

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Track List: Affinity

1. I Do It For Your Love

2. Sno' Peas

3. This Is All I Ask

4. The Days Of Wine And Roses

5. Jesus' Last Ballad

6. Tomato Kiss

7. The Other Side Of Midnight (Noelle's Theme)

8. Blue & Green

9. Body And Soul

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Track List: Anthology

4. Witchcraft

5. When I Fall In Love

6. Peri's Scope

10. Blue In Green (Take 3)

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Track List: Complete Bill Evans On Verve

Disc 1

1. The Washington Twist

2. Danny Boy

3. Let's Go Back To The Waltz

4. With A Song In My Heart

5. Goodbye

6. I Believe In You

7. Reflections In The Park

8. Night Images

9. Tree Patterns

10. Peach Tree

11. Misplaced Cowpoke

12. A Moment Alone

Disc 2

1. 'Round Midnight

2. How About You

3. Spartacus Love Theme

4. Blue Monk

5. Stella By Starlight

6. Hey There

7. N.Y.C.'s No Lark

8. Just You, Just Me

9. Bemsha Swing

10. A Sleepin' Bee

11. For Heaven's Sake

12. A Sleepin' Bee

13. Always (Breakdown)

14. Always (Complete Take)

15. Always

16. Everything Happens To Me

17. Dancing In The Dark

18. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Disc 3

1. I'll See You Again (Breakdown)

2. I'll See You Again (Complete Take)

3. I'll See You Again

4. Little Lulu (Complete Take)

5. Little Lulu (Complete Take)

6. Little Lulu

7. My Heart Stood Still

8. My Heart Stood Still (Complete Take)

9. My Heart Stood Still (Rehearsal Fragments)

10. My Heart Stood Still (Complete Take)

11. My Heart Stood Still Complete Take

12. My Heart Stood Still

13. Grandfather's Waltz (Breakdown)

14. Grandfather's Waltz

15. Grandfather's Waltz

16. Grandfather's Waltz

17. Melinda

18. Dark Eyes

Disc 4

1. Funkallero (Rehearsal Frangments)

2. Funkallero

3. But Beautiful

4. Theme From The Carpetbaggers

5. Theme From The Carpetbaggers

6. Theme From The Carpetbaggers

7. Theme From The Carpetbaggers

8. Theme From The Carpetbaggers

9. Theme From The Carpetbaggers

10. Night And Day

11. Night And Day

12. Night And Day

13. Wnew

14. How Deep Is The Ocean

15. Love Is Here To Stay

16. Baubles, Bangles And Beads

17. Vamp

18. Nardis

19. Time Remembered

20. Someday My Prince Will Come

Disc 5

1. What Is This Thing Called Love

2. Stella By Starlight

3. Rround Midnight

4. Make Someone Happy

5. Intro And Warmup

6. The Boy Next Door

7. Little Lulu

8. My Love Is An April Song

9. What Kind Of Fool Am I

10. What Is This Thing Called Love

11. The Touch Of Your Lips

12. Intro And Warmup

13. The Boy Next Door

14. Time Remembered

15. Stella By Starlight

Disc 6

1. 'deed I Do

2. Baubles, Bangles And Beads

3. What Kind Of Fool Am I

4. Intro And Warmup

5. Come Rain Or Come Shine

6. How My Heart Sings

7. Alone Together

8. Israel

9. Intro And Warmup

10. Alone Together

11. Make Someone Happy

12. My Love Is An April Song

13. 'deed I Do

14. Love Is Here To Stay

15. California Here I Come

16. Warm Up

17. What Kind Of Fool Am I

Disc 7

1. What Is This Thing Called Love

2. Alone Together

3. California Here I Come

4. Come Rain Or Come Shine

5. A Beautiful Rose

6. Once Upon A Summertime

7. So Long Big Time

8. Monicas Vals

9. Lucky To Be Me

10. Sorrow Wind

11. It Could Happen To You

12. Some Other Time

13. In The Night

14. Come Rain Or Come Shine

15. Come Rain Or Come Shine

16. Lucky To Be Me

17. It Could Happen To You

18. It Could Happen To You

19. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Disc 8

1. Israel

2. Elsa

3. 'round Midnight

4. Love Is Here To Stay

5. How My Heart Sings

6. Who Can I Turn To

7. Come Rain Or Shine

8. If You Could See Me Now

9. Granados

10. Bach)

11. Scriabin

12. Time Remembered

13. Pavane

14. Elegia

15. My Bells

16. Minor Prelude Op 28, Chopin

Disc 9

1. I Should Care

2. Spring Is Here

3. Who Can I Turn To

4. Make Someone Happy

5. In Memory Of His Father

6. Beautiful Love

7. My Foolish Heart

8. One For Helen

Disc 10

1. I've Got You Under My Skin

2. My Man's Gone Now

3. Turn Out The Stars

4. Angel Face

5. Jazz Samba

6. All Across The City

7. A Simple Matter Of Conviction

8. Stella By Starlight

9. Orbit (Unless It's You)

10. Laura

11. My Melancholy Baby

12. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

13. Star Eyes

14. Only Child

15. These Things Called Changes

Disc 11

1. Emily

2. Yesterdays

3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

4. Funny Man

5. The Shadow Of Your Smile

6. Little Lulu

7. Quiet Now

8. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

9. In A Sentimental Mood

10. Re: Person I Knew

11. California Here I Come

12. Alfie

13. Gone With The Wind

14. Turn Out The Stars

15. Polka Dots And Moonbeams

16. Stella By Starlight

Disc 12

1. Very Early

2. You're Gonna Hear From Me

3. Emily

4. Wrap Up Your Troubles In Dreams

5. 'round Midnight

6. On Green Dolphin Street

7. If You Could See Me Now

8. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

9. You're Gonna Hear From Me

10. G Waltz

11. California Here I Come

12. Emily

13. Alfie

14. Wrap Up Your Troubles In Dreams

Disc 13

1. In A Sentimental Mood

2. California Here I Come

3. You're Gonna Hear From Me

4. Alfie

5. Gone With The Wind

6. Emily

7. G Waltz

8. Wrap Up Your Troubles In Dreams

9. In A Sentimental Mood

10. California Here I Come

11. You're Gonna Hear From Me

12. Alfie

13. Gone With The Wind

14. Emily

15. G Waltz

Disc 14

1. Wrap Up Your Troubles In Dreams

2. On Green Dolphin Street

3. G Waltz

4. You're Gonna Hear From Me

5. Wrap Up Your Troubles In Dreams

6. Gone With The Wind

7. Emily

8. G Waltz

9. Spoken Intro

10. One For Helen

11. A Sleepin' Bee

12. Mother Of Earl

13. Nardis

14. Quiet Now

Disc 15

1. I Loves You Porgy

2. The Touch Of Your Lips

3. Embraceable You

4. Someday My Prince Will Come

5. Walkin' Up

6. Here's That Rainy Day

7. A Time For Love

8. Midnight Mood

9. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)

10. Never Let Me Go

11. A Time For Love

12. All The Things You Are

Disc 16

1. Straight No Chaser

2. Lover Man

3. What's New

4. Autumn Leaves

5. Time Out For Chris

6. Spartacus Love Theme

7. So What

8. Why Did I Choose You?

9. Why Did I Choose You?

10. Why Did I Choose You?

11. Why Did I Choose You?

12. Why Did I Choose You?

13. Why Did I Choose You?

14. Why Did I Choose You?

15. Why Did I Choose You?

Disc 17

1. I'm All Smiles

2. Like Someone In Love

3. Children's Play Song

4. Soiree (Ct)

5. Soiree (Mst)

6. Soiree (Ct)

7. Lullaby For Helene (Ct)

8. Lullaby For Helene (Ct)

9. Lullaby For Helene (Ct)

10. Lullaby For Helene

11. What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life? (Ct)

12. What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life? (Ct)

13. What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life? (Ct)

14. What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life?

15. Before (Ct)

16. Before (Ct)

17. Before (Ct)

18. Before (Ct)

19. Before (Ct)

20. Before (Ct)

21. Before (Ct)

Disc 18

1. Before

2. After

3. Comrade Conrad

4. Comrade Conrad

5. Comrade Conrad

6. It Must Be Love

7. It Must Be Love

8. It Must Be Love

9. Spoken Introduction

10. Dancing In The Dark

11. I Love You

12. 's Wonderful

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Track List: Everybody Digs Bill Evans

1. Minority

2. Young and Foolish

3. Lucky To Be Me

4. Night And Day

5. Epilogue

6. Tenderly

7. Peace Piece

8. What Is There to Say?

9. Oleo

10. Epilogue

11. Some Other Time

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Track List: My Romance

1. Kimona My House

2. Jack's Blues

3. Aeolian Drinkin' Song

4. Ballad Of Hix Blewitt

5. My Romance

6. Five

7. Conception

8. Displacement

9. Easy Living

10. No Cover, No Minimum

11. Concert For Billy The Kid

12. All About Rosie

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Track List: Night And Day

1. Avid Admirer

2. Mother Of Earl

3. If I Were A Bell

4. Nardis

5. Straight No Chaser

6. Minority

7. Young And Foolish

8. Night And Day

9. Tenderly

10. Peace, Piece

11. You And The Night In The Music

12. On The Green Dolphin Street

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fiddlerslake
Smooth..Oh So Smooooooth
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Just can't get enough of this genius.
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mrz_harmon
So smooth and soothing. Thank you Kindly, Daphne
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This number, Detour Ahead, reminds me of a Charles Hayden number. Evan's version is cleaner but I think I prefer the relative fullness of Hayden.
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Bill Evans looked like a buttoned-dow n geek but the man was as cool as Monk and just as brilliant.
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Thank you☮�� gratefully, mary
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Bill Evans...wond e r f u l !
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neilwilkinso n 7 4 7
Promotes good thinking.
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Unique!
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One Mellow Man....work with him every day
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You Must Believe in Spring !
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Bill Evans A JAZZ GREAT !!!
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Love love listening Bill Evans
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I remember well sitting not so far from the stage at Shelly's Manne Hole in Los Angeles while Bill did a set. Life has been kinda plain since then!
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This is the best song I've ever heard in my life and it's relaxing and I'm just listening to it and it's just jazzy to my soul and I'm like calmer then what I was before that's how awsome it is and do you know that everytime I listen to smooth jazz or jazz it makes me fall asleep but not today and that's how I feel about this song and that's cool and it makes me fall asleep till next week. And plus smooth jazz and jazz does makes you fall asleep.
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and masterful.
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Real Nice!!!!
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Nice!!!
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A great bio of the quintessenti a l jazz pianist against whom all should be measured. What a gentle and delightful touch you had Bill.
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Outstanding musicians here....... these cats can play....Than k s again Pandora
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amekranz
Nice but 2 star rating on this doesn't have that christmas spirit in him
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reg.lankford
Clark Kent becomes SUPERMAN behind a keyboard!
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Listening to RE: PERSON I KNEW
O my GOD !!!! This man swings ✨✨
First time hearing this acoustic version with BILL ❤️❤️
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Could it possibly get better than this? Love the description here of a lofty touch by renoinvegas. . . r i g h t on.
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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
Sir. : I can. See. &. Smell. Where
This. Is. Going. (. Without. A. Song
1975. Skip. As. Far. As. Your. Nose
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Stage. Left
God. Help. You. !
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Genius!
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Bill and Miles, sublime ��
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wright.sara7 1 1
I just love his music!!
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Mike Drew

This is, by far, the best short bio of Evans extant. It taught me stuff I hadn't read before, and I've read plenty.
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Evans recorded the album From Left to Right on the Fender Rhodes and an acoustic piano. The tune, The Dolphin is perhaps one of his greatest pieces.
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This man was, and is an institution. Effortless lofty touch, style, grace..... Pure elegance and class!!!
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Evans in the heavens,no need to riot,quiet,j u s t buy it with a listen,neura l synapses glisten.
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Bill Evans is perfection, his music pleases the me and the one creator. Onelove Bill!
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richd0212
@Angelina: What does this have to do with Bill Evans?
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INTERPLAY is a beautiful song & the EVANS, SIMS, HUBBARD RENDITION IS FLOW !!!! ALL DAY GENUIS ��
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Wow
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greenbocai
Bill Evans' music transports me. If it had done for him what it does for me he never would have turned to drugs.
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Listening to When I fall in Love - amazing that throughout the entire improvisatio n , you never lose sight of the original melody; that's class.
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C o. Ol
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I fortunately saw Bill Evans in 1980 a week perhaps before he died . His playing was pensive , introspectiv e , amazing and I feel very blessed in hearing this wonderful artist . He was playing at Keystone Corner in San Francisco .
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MR Evan's rendition of WHEN I FALL IN LOVE is CLASSIC SCIENCE :) I can feel his emotion !!!! HE'S GOT SOMETHING TO SAY !!!! X
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jackmarshall 3
Simply the best. I wish I had seen him play live.
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I love Evans, but I kinda have this hobby of reading interviews of famous jazz artists, and I don't remember one person ever saying that Bill Evans was his idol. I hear it about Bud Powel. Tatum, Monk and a host of others, but not Evans. Yet, he's often credited, like this bio says, as having an entire school to himself. It's interesting to me.
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Mr Evan's rendition of SPARTACUS Love theme is magical WOW !!!!!! X
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Evans and tatum. Eveyone else is tied for second
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Cool, smooth, stylistic conversation s on piano, bass, and drums. Bill Evans and friends puts u there.
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Bill e kool and smooth
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Bill Evans at the piano, what else can top it when one wants to listen to the jazz piano. Thanks Bill!!
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