Bill Evans

Pianist. Born 16 August 1929. Died 15 September 1980
Bill Evans
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1929-08-16
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Bill Evans

Bill Evans Biography (BBC)

One of the most sensitive and introspective pianists in jazz, Bill Evans had a huge influence on fellow players of his instrument, through his conjunction of the qualities of lyricism and analytical perfection. In 1950s New York, he worked in the jazz workshops of George Russell and Charlie Mingus, making his debut discs under his own name in 1956.

It was his arrival in Miles Davis' line-up in 1958 that put him on the map, and particularly the understated brilliance of his playing on the 1959 album Kind of Blue. Touring and the reverse racism known as 'Crow Jim' precipitated his departure from Davis, and he formed his own trio with bassist Scott La Faro and drummer Paul motian, that became celebrated as one of the best small groups in jazz, until La Faro's premature death in a car crash in July 1961.

Both fellow members of this trio improvised on an equal level with Evans, making the interplay between them a source of intense fascination. Much of the same spirit carried through into Evans's later trios, with bassists Chuck Israels, Eddie Gomez and Gary Peacock, and drummers Larry Bunker, Jack DeJohnette and Joe LaBarbera among others.

Evans managed to sustain a high profile recording career despite considerable problems with narcotics, and he left a legacy of material that shows the clarity of his thinking and his ability to put this into practice, often bringing elements of classical impressionism into jazz, but retaining an outstanding sense of jazz feeling.

Bill Evans Biography (Wikipedia)

William John Evans (August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980) was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly played in jazz trios. Evans's use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent, "singing" melodic lines continue to influence jazz pianists today.

Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1929, he was classically trained, and studied at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Mannes School of Music, where he majored in composition and received the Artist Diploma. In 1955, he moved to New York City, where he worked with bandleader and theorist George Russell. In 1958, Evans joined Miles Davis's sextet, where he was to have a profound influence. In 1959, the band, then immersed in modal jazz, recorded Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time. During that time, Evans was also playing with Chet Baker for the album Chet.

In late 1959, Evans left the Miles Davis band and began his career as a leader, with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian, a group now regarded as a seminal modern jazz trio. In 1961, ten days after finishing an engagement at the New York Village Vanguard jazz club—where the highly acclaimed Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby albums were recorded—LaFaro died in a car accident. After months of seclusion, Evans re-emerged with a new trio, featuring bassist Chuck Israels.

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Garys Theme
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Garys Theme
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Our Love Is Here To Stay
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Our Love Is Here To Stay
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Detour Ahead
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Detour Ahead
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Some Other Time
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Some Other Time
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Peace Piece
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Peace Piece
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Peace Piece
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Peace Piece
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Blue In Green
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Blue In Green
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Soiree
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Soiree
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Alice in Wonderland (Take 2)
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Alice in Wonderland (Take 2)
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Blue in Green
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Blue in Green
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My Funny Valentine
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My Funny Valentine
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Waltz for Debbie
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Waltz for Debbie
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How My Heart Sings
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How My Heart Sings
Igor Levit
Peace Piece
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Peace Piece
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Alfie
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Alfie
Ned Washington
Stella By Starlight
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Stella By Starlight
Tony Bennett And Bill Evans
You Must Believe In Spring
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You Must Believe In Spring

You Must Believe In Spring

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My Foolish Heart
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My Foolish Heart
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B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine)
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B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine)
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Tamato Kiss
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Tamato Kiss

Tamato Kiss

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Autumn Leaves
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Autumn Leaves
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Someday My Prince Will Come
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Someday My Prince Will Come
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Lucky to be Me
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Lucky to be Me
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Solar
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Solar
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Young And Foolish
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Young And Foolish
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My Romance
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My Romance
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How Deep Is The Ocean
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How Deep Is The Ocean
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Young And Foolish
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Young And Foolish
Miles Davis
Blue in Green
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Blue in Green
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Here's That Rainy Day
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Here's That Rainy Day
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Emily
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Emily
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Waltz for Debby
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Waltz for Debby
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My Romance (Take 1)
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My Romance (Take 1)
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Sno Peas
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Sno Peas
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Minority
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Minority
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Peace Piece
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Peace Piece
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