Piano Player

Piano Player

by Bill Evans
     
 

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Although this 1998 CD may at first glance seem to be a reissue, all but three of the 11 selections had never been released before. The highly influential pianist Bill Evans is heard in five different settings. An unissued (and slightly earlier rendition) of the third section of George Russell's "All About Rosie" (a showcase for Evans with Russell's 14-piece orchestra)… See more details below

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Although this 1998 CD may at first glance seem to be a reissue, all but three of the 11 selections had never been released before. The highly influential pianist Bill Evans is heard in five different settings. An unissued (and slightly earlier rendition) of the third section of George Russell's "All About Rosie" (a showcase for Evans with Russell's 14-piece orchestra) starts off the release. Next are the three previously issued but somewhat obscure numbers: a live rendition of "My Funny Valentine" with Miles Davis in 1958 (played by just a quartet) and two songs from a 1962 set headed by vibraphonist Dave Pike. For Piano Player, producer Orrin Keepnews discovered and released six long-lost selections from 1970: duets by Evans (who also plays a little bit of electric piano) and bassist Eddie Gomez that are strong enough to make one wonder why the projects was originally abandoned. Wrapping up the intriguing set is a trio number (with Evans, Gomez, and drummer Marty Morell) that is an alternate take left over from The Bill Evans Album. The pianist's fans will definitely want this consistently enjoyable CD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972396323
catalogNumber:
723963
Rank:
48338

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Evans   Primary Artist,Piano,Electric Piano
Teddy Charles   Vibes
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Leader
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Eddie Gomez   Bass,Electric Bass
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Walter Perkins   Drums,Snare Drums
Dave Pike   Leader,Vibes
John LaPorta   Alto Saxophone
Hal McKusick   Tenor Saxophone
Robert DiDomenica   Flute
Jimmy Cobb   Drums,Snare Drums
Herbie Lewis   Bass
Joe Benjamin   Bass
James Buffington   French Horn
Paul Chambers   Bass
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
George Russell   Conductor
Marty Morell   Drums
Louis Mucci   Trumpet
Margaret Rose   Harp
Todd Sommer   Drums,Snare Drums
Manuel Zegler   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Eddie Gomez   Liner Notes
Gene Lees   Composer
George Avakian   Producer
Michael Berniker   Producer
George Russell   Arranger,Composer
Helen Keane   Producer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Mark Wilder   Remixing,Re-Equalizer
Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo
Don Hunstein   Inlay Photography
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Sandy Speiser   Inlay Photography
Urve Kuusik   Inlay Photography
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Aaron Rosenbaum   Packaging Manager

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