The Best of Bill Evans (Remastered)
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||Waltz for Debby||Bill Evans||1:21||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Waltz for Debby||Bill Evans & Cannonball Adderley||5:15||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Our Delight||Bill Evans||4:46||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Night and Day||Bill Evans||7:35||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Peace Piece||Bill Evans Trio||6:42||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Woody'N You (Take 2)||Bill Evans||4:13||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Blue In Green (Take 3)||Bill Evans Trio||5:23||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Nardis||Bill Evans Trio||5:52||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||My Romance (Live - Take 1)||Bill Evans Trio||7:15||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||If You Could See Me Now||Bill Evans Trio||4:32||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||You and the Night and the Music||Bill Evans Quintet||7:06||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Time Remembered||Bill Evans||6:03||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Everything Happens to Me||Bill Evans||5:45||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Swedish Pastry (Live)||Bill Evans||5:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Unlike several of the best-of collections in Fantasy's extensive series, this one provides a useful focus upon the cornerstone of an artist's reputation — Bill Evans' early sessions for Orrin Keepnews' Riverside label. Evans' most influential recordings stem from the seven-year period in which he recorded for Riverside, and although he would record much, much more right up until the week before his death in 1980, his evolution of style did not progress much further than what listeners have here. Moreover, Keepnews himself is the guide, selecting one or two tracks from each of the projects on which they worked, including a few that were not released until much later on the Milestone label. There are two takes of "Waltz for Debby" — one a brief solo exposition, the other a fine workout with Cannonball Adderley from the latter's Know What I Mean? album — otherwise, the collection proceeds in chronological order. Emotional pay dirt is hit with Evans' solo gymnopedie "Peace Piece," still as beautiful, fragile, and quirky as ever, drawing from Satie and all the way back to Chopin's Berceuse. The swinging bop side of Evans was much in abundance in the early days, particularly on "Woody 'N You," with fellow members of the Miles Davis rhythm section (Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones). Three tracks ("Blue in Green," "Nardis," and "My Romance") from Evans' most lauded trio — with Scott LeFaro and Paul Motian — mark the turning point of the disc, in which Evans' playing veers considerably inward and interplay blossoms between the components of the trio. Save for a swinging quintet session with Freddie Hubbard and Jim Hall ("You and the Night and the Music") and the concluding trio number "Swedish Pastry," it is the introspective Evans that dominates the rest of the disc. As a single-disc summary of the complete Riverside works box set, this will do very nicely. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi
This is an excellent example of how wonderful music can be. Classic, beautiful, and inspiring, this is not an album to be missed!
The Last Waltz
johnnyblue, The Last Waltz isn't a song, it's an 8-CD set documenting the last 9 performances of Bill Evans' life, in a trio with Marc Johnson on bass and Joe Labarbera on drums. It was recorded at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco at the end of August and beginning of September 1980, and only released in 2000. It's about 8 hours of music, and there's a lot of duplication of titles from night to night, although fans are fascinated by the differences in each performance on successive nights. Evans died only a week later. A landmark of jazz, although not the first thing that newcomers to Evans would want.
Bill Evans at the top of his game.
This collection of live recordings shows us that no American jazz pianist will ever be as, shall I say, artful as Mr. Bill Evans. Hats off.
Born: August 16, 1929 in Plainfield, NJ
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s