Bill Evans Plays for Lovers

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Concord counters 2005's Bill Evans for Lovers on Verve with this ballad collection, Bill Evans Plays for Lovers, from the pianist's late 1950s and early 1960s Riverside catalog. While there isn't anything here especially for devoted fans, who more than likely have all of this material a couple of times over, it's a great introduction to Evans for the novice. These nine cuts offer a fine retrospective of the pianist's trademark ballad style. Six tracks feature Evans in his classic trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian, and the rest showcase him in the company of bassists like Chuck Israels, Sam Jones, and Teddy Kotick, while Philly Joe Jones makes an appearance on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Concord counters 2005's Bill Evans for Lovers on Verve with this ballad collection, Bill Evans Plays for Lovers, from the pianist's late 1950s and early 1960s Riverside catalog. While there isn't anything here especially for devoted fans, who more than likely have all of this material a couple of times over, it's a great introduction to Evans for the novice. These nine cuts offer a fine retrospective of the pianist's trademark ballad style. Six tracks feature Evans in his classic trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian, and the rest showcase him in the company of bassists like Chuck Israels, Sam Jones, and Teddy Kotick, while Philly Joe Jones makes an appearance on the closer, "Young and Foolish." It's in the music made with LaFaro, though, that Evans reveals himself deeply. His then-controversial classicism -- which brought the shades and chord voicings of everyone from Debussy and Ravel to Erik Satie and Darius Milhaud to the jazz idiom -- are still revelatory in what they bring to the gentle, swinging introspection of tunes like "Haunted Heart," "Spring Is Here," "Blue in Green," and "I Wish I Knew." For the price, this set can't really be beat. And for those seasoned listeners who are looking for a prime ballad compilation, this one fits the bill nicely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218902625
  • Catalog Number: 6026
  • Sales rank: 40,399

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Evans Primary Artist, Piano
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Chuck Israels Bass
Teddy Kotick Bass
Larry Bunker Track Performer
Scott LaFaro Bass
Paul Motian Drums
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Mack Gordon Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Richard S. Ginell Liner Notes
Arnold B. Horwitt Composer
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