Bill Evans's Finest Hour

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Bill Evans's Finest Hour represents a number of choice tidbits recorded by the pianist between 1958 and 1970 for Verve. The settings of these recordings range between the intricate trio work he became so identified with to, in at least one instance, full orchestration. While Evans is certainly capable of bopping with the best on songs like "Luck Be a Lady" and "I Should Care," his style glimmers more distinctly on quieter numbers. The fragile "Elsa" and subtle "Spring Is Here" allow him to slowly, though deliberately, develop his impressionistic piano lines. Sensitive accompaniment by drummer Paul Motian and bassists Gary Peacock and Chuck Israels also adds a rich ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Bill Evans's Finest Hour represents a number of choice tidbits recorded by the pianist between 1958 and 1970 for Verve. The settings of these recordings range between the intricate trio work he became so identified with to, in at least one instance, full orchestration. While Evans is certainly capable of bopping with the best on songs like "Luck Be a Lady" and "I Should Care," his style glimmers more distinctly on quieter numbers. The fragile "Elsa" and subtle "Spring Is Here" allow him to slowly, though deliberately, develop his impressionistic piano lines. Sensitive accompaniment by drummer Paul Motian and bassists Gary Peacock and Chuck Israels also adds a rich dynamic to these cuts. The recording of "I Loves You, Porgy" at the Montreux Jazz Festival is even more low key and bare, featuring Evans unaccompanied. These somber ballads, emotive and filled with slight shadings, work beautifully. It is almost as though the listener is eavesdropping as the pianist engages in late-night conversations with himself. Evans plays Latin jazz on two somewhat uncharacteristic tracks, "Jazz Samba" and "The Dolphin --After," and overdubs two other pianos on the moody "Spartacus Love Theme." Bill Evans's Finest Hour presents a good overview for those unfamiliar with the great pianist's music. The disc will also offer the listener a starting point to delve further into the delicate, lovely world of Bill Evans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731454967525
  • Catalog Number: 549675
  • Sales rank: 23,459

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Evans Primary Artist
Ron Carter Bass
Eddie Costa Vibes
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Eddie Gomez Bass
Jim Hall Guitar
Elvin Jones Drums
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Gary Peacock Bass
Chuck Israels Bass
Gary Chester Drums
David Nadien Violin
Seymour Barab Cello
Sam T. Brown Guitar
Larry Bunker Drums
Harvey Estrin Flute
Norman Forrest Viola
Leo Kahn Violin
Mickey Leonard Conductor
Wendell Marshall Bass
Marty Morell Drums
Paul Motian Drums
George Ockner Violin
Romeo Penque Flute
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Tosha Samaroff Violin
David Schwartz Violin, Viola
Arnold Wise Drums
Technical Credits
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Luíz Eça Composer
Harvey Estrin Orchestral Overdubs
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Helen Keane Producer
Mickey Leonard Arranger
Sonny Lester Producer
Romeo Penque Orchestral Overdubs
Creed Taylor Producer
Bob Thiele Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Jeff Willens Mastering
Don Meyer Composer
Sherman Edwards Composer
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