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Bill Evans on meeting Miles

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Miles Davis said: “Bill left the band in 1958 and went down to Louisiana to live with his brother. Then he came back after a while and formed his own group. After a while he got Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums and he became very popular with that group, winning a number of Grammy Awards. He was a great little pianist, but I don't think he ever sounded as good after that as he did when ...


Bill Evans: Time Remembered The Life And Music Of Bill Evans

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Bill Evans: Time Remembered The Life And Music of Bill Evans A Film By Bruce Spiegel 2016 Eight years in the making, Bruce Spiegel's touching documentary on the life and music of the late, great, and mysterious pianist is a must-see for jazz history buffs, as well as for anyone who enjoys cool, impressionistic piano--the style Bill Evans pioneered beginning in the early 1950's and owned and expanded up to his death ...


Jazz Quanta July: Fundamental Piano Trio I - Bill Evans, Mike Jones, Fahir Atakoğlu, Roberto Magris, Chat Noir

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Bill Evans Some Other Time: the Lost Session From the Black Forest Resonance 2016 Pianist Bill Evans has never suffered from a lack of musical documentation. A majority of his recordings remain in release and more unheard performances continue to surface. Resonance Records' Some Other Time: the Lost Session From the Black Forest is not the first unreleased Evans in their roster, Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate (2012) preceded ...


Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette: Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest

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It plays out like a tale of espionage. In jny: Bremen, Germany, more than five-thousand miles from his jny: Los Angeles home, American producer Zev Feldman, has a chance meeting with the son of a late German jazz producer. In a parking lot, the German plays a single track of music on his car stereo; a forgotten recording from tapes almost fifty years old. Feldman, upon hearing more of the tapes, decides he needs to get this out to the ...


The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

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So the story goes, Tony Bennett and Bill Evans first met each other at The White House back in 1962. President Kennedy was throwing a jazz party and the singer and pianist crossed paths backstage. Fast forward some thirteen years later and the pair would come together for the first of two albums to highlight their ways with a standard. Billed simply as The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and released by Fantasy Records back in 1975, the pair's debut has ...


Bill Evans: Sublime Sideman

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We already know what a tremendous voice Bill Evans has had in jazz history, and most of the major jazz pianists that he has influenced. Most jazz aficionados know most of the tunes Evans has composed and most of the tunes that were in his ever-changing repertoire. But, a subject that hardly gets enough attention concerning Evans are his superlative skills as a consummate sideman. What we're discussing are two totally separate categories. It takes a certain kind of mentality ...


The Ten Best Live Jazz Recordings (1953-65)

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Having recently completed a survey of the Best Live Rock Albums, I have learned a couple of valuable things. One is a list of this sort should be presented in descending order starting with number 10 and descending to number 1. Second, it is better to poll a group for their opinions and develop the list from an analytical (or pseudoanalytical) evaluation of the results. This is how the Top Ten Best Live Jazz Recordings (1953-65) were selected. I polled ...


Bill Evans

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Arguably the greatest jazz pianist of the 1960s and '70s, Bill Evans is generally acknowledged as the most influential pianist since Bud Powell and a primary influence on players such as Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea. Evans co-wrote Kind Of Blue with Miles Davis and some consider the pianist's Sunday At The Village Vanguard the best piano trio album ever. Evans is also credited with advancing harmonic and voicing structures, and pioneering modern trio format elements such as giving sidemen ...


Bill Evans: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961

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Those of us who are diehard jazz collectors often loathe answering questions from neophytes as to a good starting place for building a jazz collection. Nonetheless, a short go-to list would probably include the iconic live sessions of Bill Evans and his trio captured on tape by Riverside Records back in June of 1961. For sheer improvisational genius and telepathic group interplay, these recordings can't be beat. Furthermore, the sonic magic that teleports you to your own personal table at ...

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