You Must Believe in Spring [Bonus Tracks]

You Must Believe in Spring [Bonus Tracks]

by Bill Evans
     
 

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Released after his untimely death in 1980, Bill Evans’s You Must Believe In Spring remains one of his most touching albums. With a preponderance of ballads and waltzes, the album might seem heavily weighted toward the ruminative, but it retains a lively atmosphere that is a testament to Evans’s special gifts. The ballads are, nonetheless, quite gorgeous, with…  See more details below

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Released after his untimely death in 1980, Bill Evans’s You Must Believe In Spring remains one of his most touching albums. With a preponderance of ballads and waltzes, the album might seem heavily weighted toward the ruminative, but it retains a lively atmosphere that is a testament to Evans’s special gifts. The ballads are, nonetheless, quite gorgeous, with Gary McFarland’s “Gary’s Theme,” Jimmy Rowles’s “Peacocks,” and Evans’s own "B Minor Waltz” ranking among the pianist’s finest late-career hours. The brisker tracks, including “Sometime Ago” and the unlikely rendition of Johnny Mandel’s “Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)" display Evans’s superb control of a melodic line and his always attentive interaction with his trio mates -- in this case, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Elliott Zigmund. The original album is given further heft with the addition of three bonus tracks, including a take on “Freddie the Freeloader,” ironically, the only track on Miles Davis’s iconic Kind of Blue that Evans did not play on.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bill Evans' contract with Fantasy came to an end in the mid-'70s after Warner Bros. lured the pianist with the benefits only a major label can offer. Yet these stunning 1977 sessions were inexplicably withheld from release for nearly four years, possibly because this edition of the trio broke up before the album could be issued. In any case, Evans is in top form as he explores new material and recent compositions, most of which are somewhat somber in nature. The moody opener, "B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine)," was dedicated to his longtime common-law wife, who had tragically taken her own life. Another new work, "We Will Meet Again (For Harry)," honors his older brother, who fought depression and committed suicide a year before the pianist's own death in 1980. Its melancholy air is masked somewhat by the brisk setting, Eddie Gomez's phenomenal bass solo, and the crisp brushwork of Eliot Zigmund. "Gary's Theme," composed by Gary McFarland, is yet another haunting performance, due possibly in part to Evans' lament at the 1971 poisoning of the composer; it became part of the pianist's concert repertoire for the remainder of his life. Evans' emotional interpretation of Jimmy Rowles' lovely ballad "The Peacocks" is matched only by its composer's recording. The pianist's delicate treatment of the waltz "Sometime Ago" is harmonically rich. At the time of these sessions, Johnny Mandel's "Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)" had not yet caught on in the world of jazz. Evans throws his fans a curve by abandoning the mostly melancholy mood of the album and turning the movie theme into a real cooker. Like "Gary's Theme," this song also became a regular concert feature during the rest of Evans' days. Previously offered as a straight reissue of the original LP, this edition adds three bonus tracks. Evans tackles the standard "Without a Song" by alternating between acoustic and electric piano in a swinging treatment. "Freddie Freeloader" represents the pianist's only recording of the tune from Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. His driving interpretation of "All of You" is also a welcome discovery. This CD is well worth acquiring, even if you already own the earlier reissue.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227371920
catalogNumber:
73719
Rank:
74625

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Evans   Primary Artist,Piano,Electric Piano
Eddie Gomez   Bass
Eliot Zigmund   Drums

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Jimmy Rowles   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Jacques Demy   Composer
Gary McFarland   Composer
Helen Keane   Producer
Frank Laico   Remixing
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Sergio Mihanovich   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer,Remixing
Richard Seidel   Liner Notes
Francis Davis   Liner Notes,Quotes Researched & Compiled
Brad Kanawyer   Art Direction
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Michael Altman   Composer
Bill Zavatsky   Contributor
Billy Rose   Composer
Scotti Lyons   Cover Photo
Charles Burchfield   Paintings

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