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Bill Evans

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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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Complete Trio Recordings

Label: Fingerpoppin' Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Disc 1 Portrait in Jazz: Come Rain or Come Shine; Autumn Leaves; Witchcraft; When I Fall in Love; Peri's Scope; What Is This Thing Called Love?; Spring Is Here; Some Day My Prince Will Come; Blue in Green; Come Rain or Come Shine (alt tk); Autumn Leaves (alt tk mono); Blue in Green (alt tk 1); Blue in Green (alt tk 2). Disc 2 Explorations: Israel; Haunted Heart; Beautiful Love; Elsa; Nardis; How Deep Is the Ocean?; I Wish I Knew; Sweet and Lovely; The Boy Next Door; Beautiful Love (alt tk); How Deep Is the Ocean? (alt tk); I Wish I Knew (alt tk). Disc 3 1960 Birdland Broadcasts: Autumn Leaves; Our Delight; Beautiful Love; Autumn Leaves; Come Rain or Come Shine; Come Rain or Come Shine; Nardis; Blue in Green; Autumn Leaves; All of You; Come Rain or Come Shine; Speak Low. Disc 4 At The Village Vanguard Part 1: Gloria's Step (alt tk); Alice in Wonderland (alt tk); My Foolish Heart; All of You (alt tk 1); My Romance; Some Other Time; Solar; Gloria's Step; My Man's Gone Now; All of You; Detour Ahead (alt tk); Conversation. Disc 5 At The Village Vanguard Part 2: Waltz for Debby; Alice in Wonderland; I Loves You Porgy; My Romance (alt tk); Milestones; Detour Ahead; Gloria's Step (alt tk 2); Waltz for Debby; All of You (alt tk 2); Jade Visions (alt tk); Jade Visions 4:04; A Few Final Bars.

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Treasures: Solo, Trio and Orchestra Recordings from Denmark (1965-1969)

Label: Elemental Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD 1: Come Rain or Come Shine; Someday My Prince Will Come; Beautiful Love; I Should Care; Very Early; Time Remembered; Who Can I Turn To?; Waltz for Debby; Intro;,Waltz for Debby; Time Remembered; My Bells; Treasures; Waltz for Debby (Reprise); Walkin' Up. CD2: Re: Person I Knew; 'Round Midnight; My Funny Valentine; Time Remembered; Come Rain or Come Shine; Epilogue; Elsa; Stella By Starlight; Detour Ahead; In A Sentimental Mood; Time Remembered; Nardis; Autumn Leaves; Emily; Quiet Now; Nardis.

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At The Village Vanguard 1961 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Gloria’s Step; My Man’s Gone Now; Solar; Alice In Wonderland; All of You; Jade Visions; My Foolish Heart; Waltz For Debby; Detour Ahead; My Romance; Some Other Time; Milestones.

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Brazilian Horizons Vol. 2

Label: Milestone
Released: 1999

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Brazilian Horizons Vol. 2 (Brazil)

Label: BMG
Released: 2023

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Article: Live Review

George Russell’s New York N.Y. Receives World Premiere At Milton Court

Read "George Russell’s New York N.Y. Receives World Premiere At Milton Court" reviewed by Chris May


Guildhall Induction Jazz Orchestra & Choir Milton Court Concert Hall Guildhall School of Music & Drama London September 27, 2023 Addressing the audience before the Guildhall Induction Jazz Orchestra's recreation of George Russell's first large-ensemble masterpiece, New York N.Y. (Decca, 1959), director and conductor Scott Stroman explained the choice ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

OJC Rides Again: Bill Evans & Mal Waldron

Read "OJC Rides Again: Bill Evans & Mal Waldron" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Although it wasn't coined specifically for the collection, the idea of an “embarrassment of riches" is perfectly suited to describe the vast holdings of the Fantasy Records firm. Starting out as a small west coast concern, their success with the group Creedence Clearwater Revival allowed them to expand their operations in 1971. The address of Tenth ...

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Article: Album Review

Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Borrowed Roses

Read "Borrowed Roses" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


While many men and women approach their sixtieth birthday with visions of retirement, pianist and iconoclast Gonzalo Rubalcaba, with his perceptive ear for folk dance and dense improvisation, moves as far as possible from the idea of retirement and attains another peak of perfection on Borrowed Roses. Unlike his previous head-turning, stylistic solo recordings--the ...

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Article: Highly Opinionated

The Rat Pack vs. the Kids in the Kitchen: Are Those Our Only Choices?

Read "The Rat Pack vs. the Kids in the Kitchen: Are Those Our Only Choices?" reviewed by Con Chapman


It was a more important anniversary than most so we decided to splurge on a local restaurant that always gives me buyer's remorse when I get the check. My wife and I are both getting up in years and we eat out at what she used to jokingly refer to as “blue hair hours," ...


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