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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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Roberto Olzer: Suoni per immaginare Fellini

Read "Roberto Olzer: Suoni per immaginare Fellini" reviewed by Paolo Marra

"Fellini 100" è il nuovo progetto del pianista e compositore Roberto Olzer, uno spettacolo multimediale di musica e arte visiva allestito nell'ambito del Festival Piemontese Tones and Stones (in rassegna dal 19 al 26 Luglio) per omaggiare il grande Maestro del Cinema, a cent'anni dalla sua nascita. Ad accompagnare il pianista sul palco, nella giornata inaugurale, ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

My Early Years with Bill Evans, Part 2

Read "My Early Years with Bill Evans, Part 2" reviewed by Chuck Israels

Bassist and composer Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. He studied the cello and played guitar in junior high school. Later musical training took place at Indian Hill, a summer workshop in the arts directed by his parents, and at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. A year at Massachusetts ...

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Bill Evans: Munch Museum, 1966

Bill Evans: Munch Museum, 1966

I'm convinced that if we're going to get through the coronavirus pandemic together, it will be because of Bill Evans. The hope and humanity in his playing instills a sense that one day this will be over and we will resume our lives as they were meant to be lived, enjoying each other up close, food, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Meet Andy Bey

Read "Meet Andy Bey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in February 2000. Listening for the first time to Andy Bey is like stepping into a quiet, still lake. Your foot first parts a surface that's smooth and tranquil, but you can't really tell from that surface how deeply your foot must ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Catching up with Herbie Hancock

Read "Catching up with Herbie Hancock" reviewed by Mike Brannon

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 1998. Seldom has a musician been so closely associated with two separate musical genres as has pianist and composer Herbie Hancock. Originally introduced to the world as part of Miles Davis' mid-60's group, which also included Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Triosence: Hidden Beauty

Read "Hidden Beauty" reviewed by David Bruggink

Triosence may not yet be a household name among jazz aficionados in the United States, but since the turn of the millennium, they have become a fixture of the German jazz scene. In addition to performing internationally, they take a distinctly cosmopolitan approach to their sound. Past albums have shown the trio intermingling aromas of Asia, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Australia's Greatest And Most Enduring Songwriter, Paul Kelly, Collaborates With Award-Winning Jazz Pianist And Composer Paul Grabowsky

Australia's Greatest And Most Enduring Songwriter,  Paul Kelly, Collaborates With Award-Winning  Jazz Pianist And Composer Paul Grabowsky

Please Leave Your Light On due July 31 from Gawd Aggie/Cooking Vinyl North America (digitally), August 14 on CD and vinyl Paul Grabowsky and Paul Kelly share a love of the classic collaborations between Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle (particularly In the Wee Small Hours), and Tony Bennett & Bill Evans (with whose playing Grabowsky’s has ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Eddie Daniels: 'Sings' Ivan Lins

Read "Eddie Daniels: 'Sings' Ivan Lins" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Eddie Daniels, one of the finest of clarinetists during his decades in jazz, is still an active, curious, exploring musician. He welcomes new things. His latest album, Night Kisses: A Tribute to Ivan Lins (Resonance Records), set to be released at the end of July, represents something new for him. Music is an art ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 1

Read "My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 1" reviewed by Chuck Israels

Bassist and composer, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to his home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians. Chuck studied the cello ...


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