You Must Believe in Spring [Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.
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: 2/3/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227371920
  • Catalog Number: 73719

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
Al 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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