Everybody Digs Bill Evans [Keepnews Collection]

Everybody Digs Bill Evans [Keepnews Collection]

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by Bill Evans Trio
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Riverside
UPC:
0888072301825
catalogNumber:
30182
Rank:
14859

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Evans Trio   Primary Artist
Bill Evans   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
Armando Anthony 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
Paul Bacon   Cover Design
Harris Lewine   Cover Design
Albert Hague   Composer
Arnold B. Horwitt   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction

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