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Album Review

Pianist Bill Evans led quite an assortment of trios during the '60s and '70s. Derived from a radio broadcast of a performance at the Maison de l'ORTF in Paris on February 13, 1965, "The Bill Evans Trio Live in Paris" is a marvelous portrait of the group that featured bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Larry Bunker. Israels takes a particularly colorful solo during "Nardis" and Evans pours unusual amounts of energy and expressivity into Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is the Ocean?" The producers of this reissue added three fascinating bonus tracks which were also recorded off of a live radio transmission, this time emanating from Birdland in New York on February 10, 1962 with Paul Motian handling the drums and Symphony Sid Torin emceeing. This superb compact disc is filled to the brim with exquisitely well performed modern jazz of a predominately cool nature; it is very accessible and consistently inventive.


Born: 16 August 1929 in Plainfield, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

With the passage of time, Bill Evans has become an entire school unto himself for pianists and a singular mood unto himself for listeners. There is no more influential jazz-oriented pianist -- only McCoy Tyner exerts nearly as much pull among younger players and journeymen -- and Evans has left his mark on such noted players as Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau. Borrowing heavily from the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, Evans brought a new, introverted, relaxed, lyrical,...
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