Twin Bill: Two Piano Music of Bill Evans

Twin Bill: Two Piano Music of Bill Evans

by Alan Pasqua
     
 

Alan Pasqua has played in a variety of musical settings, including jazz, pop, soul, and movie soundtracks. Currently the Chairman of Jazz Studies at USC, he studied with noted composer George Russell and has worked with Tony Williams Lifetime, Paul Motian, See more details below

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Alan Pasqua has played in a variety of musical settings, including jazz, pop, soul, and movie soundtracks. Currently the Chairman of Jazz Studies at USC, he studied with noted composer George Russell and has worked with Tony Williams Lifetime, Paul Motian, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, James Moody, and others. Pasqua also spent time with Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, and Santana. For this tribute to Bill Evans, Pasqua recorded two separate piano lines via overdubbing, being careful to leave enough breathing room for the listener, while also trying to incorporate the spirit of Evans without sounding like a mere carbon copy. Six of the pieces are Evans' originals. He captures the wistful nature of the lovely ballad "Time Remembered" in an Impressionistic manner, with a sparse, deliberate arrangement. Evans tended to increase the tempo of "Very Early" as he aged, though Pasqua emphasizes its lyricism by playing it as an intimate jazz waltz. The pianist also captures the playful nature of the jaunty "Walkin' Up." Miles Davis' "Nardis" is forever associated with Evans, as he recorded it numerous times over a two-decade stretch. Pasqua's approach is less aggressive but still potent, though his unresolved ending is not as satisfying. "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was never recorded by Evans, though Pasqua's witty, waltz-time arrangement shows the depth of his influence, while his haunting "Grace" could easily be considered a requiem for the jazz piano master, who died at the age of 51 in 1980.

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Release Date:
09/20/2011
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206241129
catalogNumber:
062411
Rank:
74944

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