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Album Review

Of the initial offerings in Fantasy's Jazz Showcase series, the Bill Evans volume is probably the most valuable to the newcomer, for a number of reasons. For one, it is a good single-disc summary of The Complete Riverside Recordings box, touching down on many of his best performances as well as some of his most famous recordings, such as "Waltz for Debby," and a swinging "In Your Own Sweet Way," and the lovely unaccompanied homage to Erik Satie, "Peace Piece." It was in this period where the Evans' idiom, trio format, and harmonic stamp were cast pretty much intact for the rest of his life, and this consistency not only makes the Riverside years easy to anthologize concisely, it gives the listener a more rounded idea of what Evans was about than do, say, the Miles Davis or John Coltrane volumes. Besides the inevitable abundance of trio material — including four tracks from the esteemed Scott LaFaro/Paul Motian edition — we also hear from the quintet with Freddie Hubbard and Jim Hall on "Interplay," and a Cannonball Adderley-led quartet on "Know What I Mean?" (oddly enough, Adderley's name is inadvertently left off the personnel lineup). ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

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Bill Evans the enigma

This compitation opens strong with the familiar, while drawinging in the Evans novice to the the genius of this tragic legend of 20th century jazz. Wintess to the birth of cool as well as a victum of creativity's most biting irony, Evans displays his unique sound tonal quality and phrasing masterry in this excellent collection of balllads and classics. Enjoy, then move ahead to other Evans masterpieces...


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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