Who Was Bill Evans?
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
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.