Happily, we have the music, which endures; after seeing Bill Evans: Time Remembered, this viewer spent the next morning in deep connection with early Evans masterworks, giving special attention to the quiet, Satie-inflected "Peace Piece," wishing nothing less for its author.
One note for readers interested in checking out the film: as of this article being posted, the producers have not been able to find a national or international distributor for it. Going it alone, Bruce Spiegel is working with music schools and jazz clubs around the U.S., the U.K., and Europe to offer free showings in cities with jazz communitieshe's even making it available for home screenings. For more information, or to view it online, there is a web site.
There is a freedom and a sense of exhilaration in Jazz that is not found in any other music. Jazz is about finding freedom and a personal voice within a structure, and that is what
appeals to me most. I had a late start in jazz.
I was first exposed to jazz without any formal training by watching videos of Bill Evans, Chick Corea and Thelonious Monk in my 20's.
Later, I met Ahmad Jamal, Kenny Werner, Chick Corea, Martial Solal, Bernard Maury, Fred Hersh, Barry Harris, among many other musicians over the years.
The first jazz record I
bought was Keith Jarrett, The Melody at Night, with You and it is still one of the solo piano masterpiece in my view.
My advice to new listeners... Just enjoy it!
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