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Bill Evans: Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956 - 1980)

Read "Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956 - 1980)" reviewed by Chris May


Only occasionally do classy looking limited-edition box sets prove to be a triumph of style and substance. Too often they are undermined by cheapskate packaging, over elaborate design, poorly written and researched booklets, inadequate session details or, most egregiously, bizarre (in a bad way) track selections. So it is a more than pleasant surprise when something comes along which succeeds, and succeeds magnificently, on all those fronts. Such an item is Concord Records' Craft imprint's Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: ...

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Bill Evans: Behind The Dikes – The 1969 Netherlands Recordings

Read "Behind The Dikes – The 1969 Netherlands Recordings" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Zev Feldman, co-president of Resonance Records, seems to have made it his life's mission to present every unreleased note that pianist Bill Evans ever recorded. Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate (2012), Some Other Time (2016), Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (2017), Evans In England (2019) and Live At Ronnie Scott's (2020) represent the Bill Evans discography on the Resonance Records label, all produced by Feldman. And now 2021 finds Feldman teaming with the Elemental Music label, to ...

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Bill Evans: After Hours

Read "After Hours" reviewed by Ken Dryden


Bill Evans was strictly known as a pianist, though he studied flute throughout college, yet he claimed to have “no chops on the instrument." His only previously known vocal was recorded on a lark at the conclusion of a Monica Zetterlund recording session for Philips, consisting of a playful, hip take of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," which was never intended for release, but it finally appeared in The Complete Verve Recordings of Bill Evans boxed set in 1997. ...

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Bill Evans: Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Bill Evans was always at home onstage. Live at Ronnie Scott's, Resonance Records' fifth Bill Evans archival offering, hits the same high marks as its predecessors--2012's standard bearer Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of The Gate , 2016's Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest, 2018's Another Time and 2019's Evans In England--majestically did. Do not let the dreaded tape hiss limit your listening. Recorded in '68, during a month-long residency at you-know-where, Evans--with the ...

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Album Review

Bill Evans: Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The emergence of Bill Evans as one of the jazz world's preeminent pianists was propelled by a unmistakeable style: a pensive note striking with harmonic transpositions resulting in unique voicings. This 1968 recording marks the fifth collaboration between Resonance Records and the Bill Evans Estate to bring previously unreleased material into the public domain. This 2xLP limited edition in a gatefold sleeve was co-produced by Zev Feldman of Resonance and Jack DeJohnette and was beautifully mastered by Bernie Grundman. This ...

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Bill Evans: Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Troy Dostert


All fans of Bill Evans, and piano trio enthusiasts generally, owe a huge debt of gratitude to Resonance Records, which over the last decade has released a formidable series of Evans discs featuring previously unreleased material (unless you count bootlegs). Beginning with Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate in 2012, showcasing Evans' trio with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morrell, the pace really quickened several years later, when Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black ...

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Bill Evans: Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


Bill Evans: Live At Ronnie Scott's brings to mind the phrase “on the shoulders of giants." Evans's stature in jazz history is unassailable, his influence having touched much of the music's subsequent trajectories, while also establishing a new, discernable branch of the jazz tree traceable to the present-day. A two-disc package, Bill Evans: Live at Ronnie Scott's captures the relatively brief trio configuration of Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette in the natural setting of a live club performance.


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