The BILL EVANS thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Yesternow, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

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    My favorite Bill Evans, along with Since We Met, and Waltz For Debby.
     
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  2. yasujiro

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    I would add Charlie Haden and Gary Peacock.
     
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  3. teag

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    Who did these guys play with and what particular albums can they be checked out on? Always looking for new stuff played by top notch musicians!
     
  4. Mugrug12

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    Well he's nothing like Scott lafaro but if you want to hear Charlie Haden on a seminal Record then get "the shape of jazz to come" by ornette Coleman.

    If you dig it you can then grab the ornette records with Scott lafaro!
     
  5. pbuzby

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    And of course Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz had LaFaro and Haden together.
     
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  6. Mugrug12

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    One of those months could be "best cover tune"
    Bill wrote interesting stuff but many of his renditions of standards and random songs have become the de facto version for me. He's an amazing interpreter of other's compositions!
     
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  7. jay.dee

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    I'd say that the former is impressionist (think Debussy or Satie), the latter is romantic (think Chopin or Rachmaninoff). :)
     
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  8. Mugrug12

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    Well I'm definitely way bigger fan of Debussy than Rachmaninov, so maybe that explains my preference!
    :D
     
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  9. Tribute

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    So Bill Evans' playing in his last year was frenetic and overplayed? Wow.
     
  10. Mugrug12

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    Yes imo. Must all Years be perfect?
     
  11. Tribute

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    In 1980, Bill Evans certainly was approaching that unattainable thing: perfection.
     
  12. teag

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    All opions. Everyone has one.
     
  13. yasujiro

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    Indeed. I wonder how his performance would have been beyond his death. Or it presupposed his death?
     
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  14. jkauff

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    Two more songs from The Paris Concert radio broadcast were recently broadcast by France Musique.

    1. Suicide Is Painless (Johnny Mandel)
    2. But Beautiful (Jimmy Van Heusen)

    I don't know where to get them from French radio, but they're available via torrent on the web.
     
  15. Yesternow

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    Solo Bill Evans this weekend. Solo... with a twist...
    Saturday, one of my favorites,
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    Sunday morning, such a pleasant listen,
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    Tonight, I'll play (thru Spotify unfortunately... Well we cannot have all albums) this one:
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    Haven't paid this one the attention it needs.
     
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  16. Six String

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    I have both of the Conversations lps but not the two others you posted above. I'm not that big of a fan of the two piano approach, whether a true duo or through the magic of recording. One of the few does involve Bill Evans but with Bob Brookmeyer. It was released and reissued on different labels (UA and BN) and under two titles, The Ivory Hunters (I think that's right) and As Time Goes By. It's not Brookmeyer's main instrument but he has a style that meshes with Bill's well. The interesting thing to me is that the two artists didn't know they were both going to play piano until they arrived.
     
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  17. Tribute

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    New Conversations is absolutely essential.
     
  18. Yesternow

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    I remember being very excited when I first played this one several years ago. Just because it had versions of "so what" and "blue and green".
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    This 1974 concert sounds really good as several other mid 70s shows that have come out since.
    The trio was in top form around that time.

    Will play this one again today!
     
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  19. yasujiro

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    Hopefully the complete set will be officially issued in the future.
     
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  20. jkauff

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    The Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA) is apparently going to do just that, since their OOP original CDs are now going for beaucoup de francs.
     
  21. Radio

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    Listening to the OJC vinyl reissue of Sunday at the Village Vanguard that just arrived and am pleased with the quality: clean, quiet, flat, centered and in a poly inner sleeve. :)
     
  22. Yesternow

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    Well, let's do this... "Best live album".

    Most people say "live" is the way jazz should be listened. I find myself preferring the smother studio sounds.

    But with Bill Evans... Man, he's wonderful in the studio, but live he is ... superhuman.
    He looks so introverted but when in front of an audience he opens his heart and soul for everyone to see.

    A big part of his albums were recorded live. It's not easy to find A best one.

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    Let's leave boxsets and posthumous releases out of this discussion for now.

    Tell us your favorite Bill Evans live album.
     
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  23. Tribute

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    But the vast majority of the live recordings are posthumous.

    I loved when the first issues of Bill Evans live in South America came out as deluxe vinyl boxsets

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  24. yasujiro

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    Consecration - in this mastering exclusively

     
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  25. pbuzby

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    An underrated live album I listened to last night was Since We Met - Evans in 1974 towards the end of the Eddie Gomez era.
     
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