287

Bill Evans: You Must Believe In Spring

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Bill Evans: You Must Believe In Spring Somewhere between the huge box sets of Bill Evans’ work on Verve, Riverside, Fantasy and his final works (and almost final live dates) lie some true gems. Romantics fall easily for the gritty sounds of Evans accompanying singer Tony Bennett from 1975 and his two Paris concerts from 1979, both released on Blue Note, which are indeed triumphs of his spirit. I’d put my vote in for this session released originally in 1981, a year after Evans’ passing.

At the time of this date, Evans was working with drummer Eliot Zigmund and bassist Eddie Gomez. Sure, your favorite bassist with Evans might be Scott Lafaro or Marc Johnson—and someone else might favor Paul Motian or Joe LaBarbera at the kit—but on this particular date in August 1977 producers Tommy Lipuma and Helen Keane captured the existing Evans trio’s magic.

For connoisseurs, this reissue includes three bonus tracks left off the original recording. His take on Miles Davis’ “Freddie Freeloader,” the only track where he didn’t occupy the piano seat on the Kind Of Blue session, swings and is an upbeat blues... two styles critics have claimed that Evans was incapable of. He even pursues a solo on the Fender Rhodes electric piano here (and you newbies thought Uri Caine invented the damn thing). Also included are “Without A Song” and and a brimming version of Cole Porter’s “All Of You.”

But what is it about Bill Evans? Maybe it is that he can play a waltz like “B Minor Waltz” with total patience and lack of bravado. Maybe his tragic life reveals itself in Jimmy Rowles’ tune “The Peacocks,” as he can convey the sensitivity of his touch on the keyboards like no other pianist could. But his music is not about melancholy. Evans music doesn’t say “pity me, I’m tragic.” It soars, expressing emotion, depth, and humanity.

When he covers the “Theme From M*A*S*H,” which is subtitled “Suicide Is Painless,” you understand that to Evans, life was as heavy as a mountain, but death as light as a feather.

Track Listing: B Minor Waltz; You Must Believe In Spring; Gary

Personnel: Bill Evans - Piano; Eddie Gomez - Bass; Eliot Zigmund - Drums.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Rhino Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read Numbers CD/LP/Track Review Numbers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 30, 2017
Read The Busker CD/LP/Track Review The Busker
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 30, 2017
Read Pathways CD/LP/Track Review Pathways
by Jerome Wilson
Published: May 30, 2017
Read Copenhagen Live 1964 CD/LP/Track Review Copenhagen Live 1964
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 30, 2017
Read This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People CD/LP/Track Review This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: May 29, 2017
Read The Colours Suite CD/LP/Track Review The Colours Suite
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 29, 2017
Read "Trickster" CD/LP/Track Review Trickster
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: May 11, 2017
Read "I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming" CD/LP/Track Review I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 21, 2016
Read "Energy - Saul Losada" CD/LP/Track Review Energy - Saul Losada
by Paul Naser
Published: March 15, 2017
Read "Greatest Hits" CD/LP/Track Review Greatest Hits
by Doug Collette
Published: November 18, 2016
Read "Summer Skyshift" CD/LP/Track Review Summer Skyshift
by John Sharpe
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "Cómo Desaparecer Completamente" CD/LP/Track Review Cómo Desaparecer Completamente
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 13, 2016

Enhance Your AAJ Experience

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!