Pianist Bill Evans: A Retrospective
The music service charges varying fees for a set number of monthly downloads ($20 for 90 downloads is the most expensive) and gives 50 free downloads to new members, who can purchase additional downloads if they run out. The songs are in unprotected MP3 format and the service works with Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Drawbacks to the service include the loss of unused monthly downloads, a lack of modern top-selling artists due to its focus on independent labels and a somewhat confusing download process involving proprietary software.
Back to Index
How My Heart Sings by Peter Pettinger.
This is more than a biography of Evans; it is also a stellar analysis of his playing and compositions. Pettinger, a concert pianist, shows a gift for providing exceptional musical insight while not writing over the heads of inexperienced listeners. He will described, for example, how a song's Debussy-like "parallel diatonic motion" resulted in an off-kilter recording where "the musicians were too busy counting to make music." In another section he devotes more than a page to a single note that opens "Spring Is Here," exploring the question of "How did (Evans) make it sing?"
Back to Index
Building a Jazz Library: Bill Evans
Incomparably Quiet: Bill Evans
Remembering... Bill Evans
Bill Evans: 1929-1980
AAJ Book Reviews
The Pianist as an Artist
Everything Happens To Me - A Musical Biography
How My Heart Sings
Discuss Bill Evans's music on the AAJ Bulletin Board .