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Who Was Bill Evans?

Bill Evans, one of the most influential and tragic figures of the post-bop jazz piano, was known for his highly nuanced touch, the clarity of the feeling content of his music and his reform of the chord voicing system pianists used. He recorded over fifty albums as leader and received five Grammy awards. He spawned a school of "Bill Evans style" or "Evans inspired" pianists, who include some of the best known artists of our day, including Michel Petrucciani, Andy Laverne, Richard Beirach, Enrico Pieranunzi and Warren Bernhardt. His inescapable influence on the very sound of jazz piano has touched virtually everybody of prominence in the field after him (as well as most of his contemporaries), and he remains a monumental model for jazz piano students everywhere, even inspiring a newsletter devoted solely to his music and influence.

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Article: Year in Review

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


There are some years when certain artists and their instrument stand tallest among the tall. This year it was piano players. Established names, exciting discoveries. Creation music for repeated listening, relentless invention, insight, humor, new equations. Each with a particular turn, a defining touch, that takes you past the chaos of our harshest days.

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Autumn Leaves

Featuring the music of Bill Evans Trio
Duration: 4:19

Bill Evans (piano) Eddie Gomez (bass) Alex Riel (drums)
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Article: Album Review

Bill Evans Trio: Everybody Digs Bill Evans

Read "Everybody Digs Bill Evans" reviewed by Samuel Chell


This Keepnews Collection remaster/reissue of a 1958 recording is welcome if only as a reminder of Bill Evans' trio playing before the period of the celebrated Village Vanguard Sessions (Riverside, 1961). Instead of near-equal interaction by all three trio members, a supportive team of drummer Philly Joe Jones and bassist Sam Jones provides a non-intrusive backdrop ...

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Article: Film Review

Bill Evans: The Oslo Concerts

Read "Bill Evans: The Oslo Concerts" reviewed by Samuel Chell


Bill Evans Trio The Oslo Concerts Shanachie Entertainment Corp. 2007 Arguably sharing with John Coltrane the distinction of being the primary shaper of the language of jazz over the past fifty years, Bill Evans was also a remarkably focused and consistent artist who paradoxically manifested different musical personae, ...

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Article: Album Review

Bill Evans Trio: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961

Read "The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961" reviewed by Jim Santella


With one and a half hours of material, this three-disc box set proves invaluable. It brings the classic Bill Evans Trio into focus for an evening of modern jazz that's played the way it's supposed to be played. You can relish every nuance of this session because it's not loud, forceful, flashy, or intense. No, Bill ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Bill Evans Trio: Sunday At The Village Vanguard & Waltz for Debby

Read "Bill Evans Trio: Sunday At The Village Vanguard  & Waltz for Debby" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


To look at Bill Evans in the 1950s and '60s, one might think that he was the most unlikely looking jazz titan to ever depress a piano key. Thin and bespectacled with a dweeb's haircut, Evan's was the picture of a bookish intellectual. He was well versed in the European Impressionism of Les Six and Debussy, ...

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Bill Evans Trio: Explorations

Read "Explorations" reviewed by David Rickert


An article in a men’s magazine once suggested an exercise regimen that consisted of a walk to the local record store to buy one Bill Evans CD every day. That way you would not only be in better shape, but you would also have a great collection of piano jazz as well. It’s an established fact ...

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Bill Evans Trio: The Last Waltz (The Final Recordings Live at Keystone Korner September 1980)

Read "The Last Waltz (The Final Recordings Live at Keystone Korner September 1980)" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Fans of the late great pianist Bill Evans should be overjoyed with the issuance of this nicely packaged eight CD boxed set that represents sixty-five previously unreleased tracks recorded live at San Francisco’s “Keystone Korner”, September, 1980. This attractive compilation is additionally enhanced by Derk Richardson’s wonderfully written and informative liner notes, as the author elaborates ...

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Bill Evans Trio: The Last Waltz

Read "The Last Waltz" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Bill Evans died, at the age of 51, on Sept 15, 1980. In what has been described by friends and family as “slow suicide," he finally succumbed to the effects of the years of substance abuse. Like Charlie Parker before him the world was alternatively too beautiful and too ugly to endure. For fans of Bill ...


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