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Bill Evans @ 90 and Day 3 "Bitches Brew"

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We start with 21st century music from guitarist Dave Stryker (coming to Southern Louisiana in October; heads up, y'all:), Geri Allen, David Weiss, Zhenya Strigalev and the Hi-Fly Orchestra. It's pianist Bill Evans birthday. Were he alive today, he would be celebrating his 90th. We have him at the Vanguard with his last trio, in a duo with guitarist Jim Hall, and a neglected session with flautist Jeremy Steig. We finish our 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' “Bitches Brew" with ...

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Resonance Records: The Art of the Sampler

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Resonance Records is a refreshing success story in the modern jazz world, still happily defying the norms of the streaming age with unflagging class and style. Even familiar listeners can lose sight of what a catalogue of material they've gathered, which is where 2019's handful of budget samplers come in. Co-president Zev Feldman declares that he's “always looking for ways to introduce the world to Resonance's records—both historical issues and also our tremendous current artists." With a snazzy set of ...

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Bill Evans and Wes Montgomery: Masters At Work

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Any and every respectable collection of jazz music, whether digital or physical, should contain at least some of the works of pianist Bill Evans and guitarist Wes Montgomery. Icons of their respective instruments, both musicians also created varied ensemble templates of adventurous modern jazz, and while it is true many are already available in the marketplace, it's fairly safe to say none are any more lovingly or lavishly produced and packaged than a recent pair released on the Resonance label. ...

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Nenette Evans: My Life With Bill

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Originally from Southern California, Nenette Evans met and married Bill Evans in 1973. Ms. Evans now handles the legendary pianist and composer's estate along with attorney Steven Lowy and others. She is also involved with the Bill Evans Piano Academy in jny: Paris, France. I met Nenette through her friend Carol Baker and our work with the Chet Baker estate. In this interview, Nenette discusses how she met Bill Evans and her introduction to his music.

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Bill Evans: Another Time: The Hilversum Concert

Read "Another Time: The Hilversum Concert" reviewed by Geno Thackara

As charmed good-luck magnets go, producer Zev Feldman is the jazz world's equivalent of the guy who keeps winning the lottery year after year. He and Resonance Records specialize in finding and curating unreleased gems to share with the wider world--not dodgy bootlegs, but quality material in terms of content and sound--and giving each discovery the respect it deserves. For such a legendary and extensively recorded artist as Bill Evans who's been gone almost four decades, it's easy to suspect ...

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Bill Evans: Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert

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Musical performance archeologist Zev Feldman again provides the Bill Evans discography with important, previously unreleased material. Another Time documents pianist Evans, in the company of bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette, in concert at the Netherlands Radio Union VARA Studio 8 in Hilversum on June 22, 1968. The release complements the previously released Some Other Time: the Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance, 2016), by featuring the same trio performing live two days after the sides for Some ...

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The Bill Evans Trio: On A Monday Evening

Read "On A Monday Evening" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bill Evans, one of the most influential of jazz pianists, died in 1981. He left a legacy. The brilliant shine of his artistry gained widespread recognition in 1959 with his contribution to Miles Davis classic Kind Of Blue (Columbia Records, 1959), and surged into stellar territory with the release of his own Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Riverside Records, 1961), a trio outing featuring bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. The interactivity and equality of input of that particular ...

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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 In the opening segment of Bruce Spiegel's splendid Bill Evans documentary, Time Remembered, Evans explains in an early interview: “Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that all I must do is take care of the music. Even if I do it in a closet. And if I really do that, somebody's going to come and open the ...

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Bill Evans on meeting Miles

Read "Bill Evans on meeting Miles" reviewed by Nenette Evans

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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

Read "Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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 ...


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