Video: Bill Evans in Paris, 1972


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In the winter of 1972, pianist Bill Evans was on tour in Europe. During a publicity stop at a Paris TV studio prior to his concert at the Maison de la Radio on February 6, Evans, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell performed Cole Porter's I Love You. Interestingly, Evans's discography shows he hadn't recorded the standard since a Village Vanguard gig in 1966 with Gomez and drummer Arnie Wise.

The program was a weekly sports show on French public television hosted by Michel Drucker, a popular TV journalist and producer. Each week, the program had a musical interlude. What's strange is that most of the guests at one end of the table in the next room seem to be watching the trio on wall monitors rather than simply turning their chairs around. Popular singer-guitarist Sacha Distel is at the center of the table facing Evans and keeping time on the arm of his chair.

Here's the Bill Evans Trio in a video that just went up Oct. 31...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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