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Everybody Digs Bill Evans [Keepnews Collection]

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Everybody Digs Bill Evans was a landmark recording for the young pianist and sported a unique album cover, featuring written-out endorsements from Miles Davis, George Shearing, Ahmad Jamal, and Cannonball Adderley. At a time approximate to when Evans was performing with the famous Kind of Blue band of Davis, Adderley, and John Coltrane, and actually departing the band, Evans continued to play the trio music he was ultimately best known for. With the unmatched pair of former Miles Davis drummer Philly Joe Jones and bassist Sam Jones no relation, Evans was emerging not only as an ultra-sensitive player, but as an interpreter of standards second to none. The drummer is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Everybody Digs Bill Evans was a landmark recording for the young pianist and sported a unique album cover, featuring written-out endorsements from Miles Davis, George Shearing, Ahmad Jamal, and Cannonball Adderley. At a time approximate to when Evans was performing with the famous Kind of Blue band of Davis, Adderley, and John Coltrane, and actually departing the band, Evans continued to play the trio music he was ultimately best known for. With the unmatched pair of former Miles Davis drummer Philly Joe Jones and bassist Sam Jones no relation, Evans was emerging not only as an ultra-sensitive player, but as an interpreter of standards second to none. The drummer is quite toned down to match the dynamics of the session, while the ever-reliable bassist lays back even more than usual, but at the expense of his soul. Of the covers, the solo "Lucky to Me" and the melancholy "What Is There to Say?" with the trio evoke the cool, smoldering emotionalism Evans was known for. He's even more starkly reserved on his solo version of "Young and Foolish." But Evans also knows how to play vigorous bop, tearing up the complicated "Oleo," and he modestly tackles the Gigi Gryce icon "Minority," though if you listen closely, the takes are slightly imprecise and a bit thin. Evans is hyperactive on a clattery calypso version of "Night and Day," with the melody almost an afterthought, powered by the precise drumming of Philly Joe Jones. Taking "Tenderly" in waltz time, Evans makes this familiar theme inimitably all his own. There are two more solos on the Keepnews Collection edition: the Asian-inspired interlude titled "Epilogue" and the demure and ultimately quiet "Peace Piece," a timeless, meditational, reverent, prayer-inspired composition that, in time, set a standard for chamber/classical European-tailored jazz. In an alternate/second-version bonus track, Evans superimposes this theme under the standard "Some Other Time," and it fits beautifully. Though not his very best effort overall, Evans garnered great attention, and rightfully so, from this important album of 1958.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Riverside
  • UPC: 888072301825
  • Catalog Number: 30182
  • Sales rank: 44,861

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Minority - Bill Evans (5:23)
  2. 2 Young and Foolish - Bill Evans (5:54)
  3. 3 Lucky to Be Me - Bill Evans (3:41)
  4. 4 Night and Day - Bill Evans (7:35)
  5. 5 Tenderly - Bill Evans (3:34)
  6. 6 Peace Piece - Bill Evans (6:44)
  7. 7 What Is There to Say? - Bill Evans (4:55)
  8. 8 Oleo - Bill Evans (4:09)
  9. 9 Epilogue - Bill Evans (0:41)
  10. 10 Some Other Time - Bill Evans (6:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Evans Trio Primary Artist
Bill Evans Indexed Contributor, Piano
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones Bass
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Gigi Gryce Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Chick Corea Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Jack Higgins Engineer
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Audio Production, Annotation
Jack Lawrence Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Paul Bacon Cover Design
Harris Lewine Cover Design
Albert Hague Composer
Arnold B. Horwitt Composer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
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