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Emergence
     

Emergence

by Bill Evans
 
Aside from about 48 minutes' worth of amateur home recordings from the 1940s issued in 2000 by the E3 label, Fivefour's Emergence contains what appear to be Bill Evans' earliest appearances on record as a promising young professional jazz pianist. Within this intriguing time capsule of recordings from 1955 and 1956, Evans is heard as part of a quartet backing

Overview

Aside from about 48 minutes' worth of amateur home recordings from the 1940s issued in 2000 by the E3 label, Fivefour's Emergence contains what appear to be Bill Evans' earliest appearances on record as a promising young professional jazz pianist. Within this intriguing time capsule of recordings from 1955 and 1956, Evans is heard as part of a quartet backing vocalist Lucy Reed and in a relaxed foursome led by guitarist Dick Garcia. He navigates intricate modern charts as a member of the intensely driven George Russell Smalltet (with trumpeter Art Farmer and sax/flute man Hal McKusick front-lining), and makes marvelous music with clarinetist Tony Scott's Quartet and Tentette. This retrospective closes with two essays by a trio with bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Paul Motian followed by a brief early realization of Evans' own "Waltz for Debby" for unaccompanied piano. While some of George Russell's frenetically progressive charts allowed Evans to demonstrate his facility as a high-velocity improviser, the Tony Scott Quartet's languid rendering of Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" reveals the cooler, mistier aspect of Bill Evans that would be immortalized in the company of Miles Davis on the album Kind of Blue. Both sides of Evans' nature are in evidence near the end of the compilation; while "Five" and "Displacement" come across as gnarly exercises in modernity worthy of Dodo Marmarosa or Lennie Tristano, the delicate "Waltz for Debby," less than 80 seconds in duration, paints a simpler picture in subtle tones and modest hues, very personal.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
Label:
Fivefour
UPC:
5013929312128
catalogNumber:
21

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Evans   Primary Artist,Piano
Tony Scott   Clarinet
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Dick Garcia   Guitar
Hal McKusick   Alto Saxophone
Lucy Reed   Vocals
Teddy Kotick   Bass
Danny Bank   Bars
Jerry Bruno   Bass
Johnny Carisi   Trumpet
Bob Carter   Bass
Howard Collins   Guitar
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Sol Gubin   Drums
Joe Harris   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Osie Johnson   Drums
Lenny McBrowne   Drums
Paul Motian   Drums

Technical Credits

Tony Scott   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Bill Evans   Arranger,Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Dick Garcia   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Ray Hall   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Jack Lewis   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Fred Reynolds   Producer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Bernard Keville   Engineer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer

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