The Best of Bill Evans [Riverside]

The Best of Bill Evans [Riverside]

by Bill EvansBill Evans

CD(Dutch Import)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2004
Label: Imports
UPC: 0025218351225
catalogNumber: 1089400

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Evans   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Ron Carter   Double Bass
Jim Hall   Guitar
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass,Double Bass
Chuck Israels   Bass,Double Bass
Teddy Kotick   Bass,Double Bass
Connie Kay   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass,Double Bass
Larry Bunker   Drums
Paul Chambers   Double Bass
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Scott LaFaro   Bass,Double Bass
Paul Motian   Drums
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tadd Dameron   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Barney Kessel   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Cole Porter   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Tom Adair   Composer

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