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Color Video: Bill Evans Trio, Helsinki, 1970


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In 1970, the Bill Evans Trio visited the home of Finnish composer Ilkka Kussisto for a private performance and conversation. The event was taped for Finnish TV. Kuusisto is a classical composer who was the conductor at the Helsinki City Theater and later general manager of the Finnish National Opera. His house was on Lauttasaari island in Helsinki, about five minutes west of the city center.

For years, tape of the visit by the trio—Evans on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass and Marty Morell on drums—was up on YouTube in pieces and in black and white. With the raw weather outside the windows, there was a gloominess about it. Now, the film has been colorized and there's a completely different feel. Only now do we realize that the sun was out at times. I'm guessing the visit took place in late February, when the trio was in Finland to perform in Lund.

Here's the full half-hour film, in color...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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