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Alan Pasqua has played in a variety of musical settings, including jazz, pop, soul, and movie soundtracks. Currently the Chairman of Jazz Studies at USC, he studied with noted composer George Russell and has worked with Tony Williams Lifetime, Paul Motian, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, James Moody, and others. Pasqua also spent time with Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, and Santana. For this tribute to Bill Evans, Pasqua recorded two separate piano lines via overdubbing, being careful to leave enough breathing room for the listener, while also trying to incorporate the spirit of Evans without sounding like a mere carbon copy. Six of the pieces are Evans' originals. He captures the wistful nature of the lovely ballad "Time Remembered" in an Impressionistic manner, with a sparse, deliberate arrangement. Evans tended to increase the tempo of "Very Early" as he aged, though Pasqua emphasizes its lyricism by playing it as an intimate jazz waltz. The pianist also captures the playful nature of the jaunty "Walkin' Up." Miles Davis' "Nardis" is forever associated with Evans, as he recorded it numerous times over a two-decade stretch. Pasqua's approach is less aggressive but still potent, though his unresolved ending is not as satisfying. "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was never recorded by Evans, though Pasqua's witty, waltz-time arrangement shows the depth of his influence, while his haunting "Grace" could easily be considered a requiem for the jazz piano master, who died at the age of 51 in 1980.

Customer Reviews

i love this album!

this album is really impressive!
i love all the music on this album!
specially i love the track 4 Gloria's Step!

Wow!

This is such a cool album! Gotta love Alan's chops-he just knows where to space it out and where to fill it in- a MUST have.

Great tribute to Bill Evans

Alan Pasqua has outdone himself on this fantastic album paying tribute to Bill Evans. Pasqua intricate mastery of the keys is highlighted on this release as he adds his own unique voice to songs composed by Evans. Simply a great jazz piano album.

Biography

Born: June 28, 1952 in New Jersey

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Keyboardist Alan Pasqua's gritty organ riffs and synth textures can be heard on hits by Eddie Money and Giant. He's done sides with Bob Dylan (Live at Budokan and Street Legal), Carlos Santana (Zebop and Marathon), Rick Springfield, Pat Benatar, Sammy Hagar, and Whitesnake. Pasqua's musical roots run throughout his family tree. Growing up in New Jersey, Pasqua took classical piano lessons as a child. During his teens, he began playing in rock and jazz bands. When he graduated from high school, Pasqua...
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Twin Bill (Two Piano Music of Bill Evans), Alan Pasqua
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Sep 20, 2011

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