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Album Review

Two of pianist Bill Evans' better Verve recordings are combined on this single CD. Although separated by over four years time, in both cases the lyrical pianist is joined by drummer Shelly Manne; the bass spot is taken by either Monty Budwig or Eddie Gomez (the latter was making his recorded debut with Evans). The earlier session (the pianist's first project for Verve) has some unusual material including a pair of Irving Berlin obscurities ("The Washington Twist" and "Let's Go Back to the Waltz"), "Danny Boy" and "I Believe in You." The later date is most notable for including four obscure Evans tunes (including "Only Child" and "These Things Called Changes") plus his interpretation of "My Melancholy Baby" and some more conventional material. In any case, fans of the influential pianist will want to pick up this generous set which contains nearly 73 minutes of intriguing music.

Customer Reviews

Underrated Bill Evans

These two sessions feature Shelly Manne on drums-alone worth the price of admission. The first album has Evans returning to the fold in 1962 after Lafaro's death. The second, is features a young Eddie gomez-great stuff.

A titan

As great as jazz gets. I Believe In You is the subtlest, and arguably one of the greatest tracks of jazz ever laid down. Evans was a tragic genius. LM


Born: August 16, 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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Empathy and A Simple Matter of Conviction, Bill Evans
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Feb 21, 1989

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