The Best of Bill Evans [Riverside]

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Unlike several of the best-of collections in Fantasy's extensive series, this one provides a useful focus upon the cornerstone of an artist's reputation -- Bill Evans' early sessions for Orrin Keepnews' Riverside label. Evans' most influential recordings stem from the seven-year period in which he recorded for Riverside, and although he would record much, much more right up until the week before his death in 1980, his evolution of style did not progress much further than what listeners have here. Moreover, Keepnews himself is the guide, selecting one or two tracks from each of the projects on which they worked, including a few that were not released until much later ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Unlike several of the best-of collections in Fantasy's extensive series, this one provides a useful focus upon the cornerstone of an artist's reputation -- Bill Evans' early sessions for Orrin Keepnews' Riverside label. Evans' most influential recordings stem from the seven-year period in which he recorded for Riverside, and although he would record much, much more right up until the week before his death in 1980, his evolution of style did not progress much further than what listeners have here. Moreover, Keepnews himself is the guide, selecting one or two tracks from each of the projects on which they worked, including a few that were not released until much later on the Milestone label. There are two takes of "Waltz for Debby" -- one a brief solo exposition, the other a fine workout with Cannonball Adderley from the latter's Know What I Mean? album -- otherwise, the collection proceeds in chronological order. Emotional pay dirt is hit with Evans' solo gymnopedie "Peace Piece," still as beautiful, fragile, and quirky as ever, drawing from Satie and all the way back to Chopin's "Berceuse." The swinging bop side of Evans was much in abundance in the early days, particularly on "Woody 'N You," with fellow members of the Miles Davis rhythm section Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. Three tracks "Blue in Green," "Nardis," and "My Romance" from Evans' most lauded trio -- with Scott LeFaro and Paul Motian -- mark the turning point of the disc, in which Evans' playing veers considerably inward and interplay blossoms between the components of the trio. Save for a swinging quintet session with Freddie Hubbard and Jim Hall "You and the Night and the Music" and the concluding trio number "Swedish Pastry," it is the introspective Evans that dominates the rest of the disc. As a single-disc summary of the complete Riverside works box set, this will do very nicely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Riverside
  • UPC: 025218351225
  • Catalog Number: 5712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Waltz For Debby (1:20)
  2. 2 Waltz For Debby (5:14)
  3. 3 Our Delight (4:46)
  4. 4 Night and Day (7:35)
  5. 5 Peace Piece (6:41)
  6. 6 Woody 'N You (4:12)
  7. 7 Blue in Green (5:25)
  8. 8 Nardis (5:51)
  9. 9 My Romance (7:14)
  10. 10 If You Could See Me Now (4:31)
  11. 11 You and the Night and the Music (7:05)
  12. 12 Time Remembered (6:04)
  13. 13 Everything Happens to Me (5:45)
  14. 14 Swedish Pastry (5:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Evans Primary Artist, Piano, Soloist
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Ron Carter Double Bass
Jim Hall Guitar
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Sam Jones Bass, Double Bass
Chuck Israels Bass, Double Bass
Teddy Kotick Bass, Double Bass
Connie Kay Drums
Percy Heath Bass, Double Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
Paul Chambers Double Bass
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Scott LaFaro Bass, Double Bass
Paul Motian Drums
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Tadd Dameron Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Barney Kessel Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jack Higgins Engineer
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Cole Porter Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Tom Adair Composer
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