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Album Review

This is yet another high-caliber performance from the last year of Bill Evans' life, the first set of a fairly well-recorded evening in a Madrid night club. Evans' final trio (with Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera) concentrated on a fairly small repertoire but constantly worked on evolving their interpretations. A favorite Evans opener was his moody but delightful "Re: Person I Knew" (an anagram of Orrin Keepnews — his first producer and co-founder of Riverside). A gut-wrenching version of "My Man's Gone Now" is followed by a hard-swinging take of Johnny Mandel's "Theme from M*A*S*H." Recommended.


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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