Bill Evans Compositions, Vol. 2
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||Turn Out the Stars||Stefano Battaglia||7:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Displacement||Stefano Battaglia||4:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In April (For Nenette)||Stefano Battaglia||5:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Very Early||Stefano Battaglia||6:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Peace Piece||Stefano Battaglia||6:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Story Line||Stefano Battaglia||6:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||There Came You||Stefano Battaglia||8:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Two Lonely People||Stefano Battaglia||6:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune)||Stefano Battaglia||5:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Only Child||Stefano Battaglia||7:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
On this second volume investigating the works of Bill Evans, Italian pianist extraordinaire Stefano Battaglia pulls some of Evan's best-known work out of the closet (it's amazing that some of this was left off the first volume) and concentrates on the area that most pianists leave out in interpreting him: his tenderness. Battaglia's approach is a light one, not musically, but emotionally. He understands, on a cellular level it seems, that the emotion Evans put into his compositions wasn't there for effect, it was part of the tunes themselves. The readings here of "Turn Out the Stars," "Peace Piece," and "Story Line" reveal the softness in Evans' approach to his own tunes without being corny or stilted. There is a true generosity in Battaglia's playing that is underscored by the rhythm section of drummer Aldo Romano and bassist Paolino Della Porta, who obviously take their cues from the last Evans trio. What Battaglia "adds" to the work of Bill Evans would be arguable except for the following: his nuance and his unwillingness to sacrifice Evans' particular melodic genius for the sake of a sideways, more intellectually "challenging" interpretation. He understands the material deeply enough to know it doesn't need to be muddied up with either extra notes or unwanted tempo shifts — a good listen to the up-tempo "Displacement" reveals this. As with its predecessor, this volume is essential for Battaglia fans to be sure, but arguably it is also necessary for fans and students of Evans' canon as well.
Born: 1965 in Milan, Italy
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s