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At the Montreux Jazz Festival

At the Montreux Jazz Festival

by Bill EvansBill Evans

CD(Dutch Import)

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Bill Evans' 1968 release, At the Montreux Jazz Festival, marks the beginning of stylistic changes for the legendary pianist. Only one year earlier, his At Town Hall release found his approach generally more introspective and brooding. In contrast, this set is more lively, playful, and experimental. Much of this is down to the active and intense drumming of Jack DeJohnette, who had joined the trio only a short time before this concert was recorded; longtime bandmate Eddie Gomez is also featured on this album. His energetic soloing adds veracity to tunes such as "Embraceable You" and "A Sleeping Bee." DeJohnette, too, is given several opportunities to display his drumming skills. His lengthy solo on "Nardis" displays his technical prowess and four-way coordination; such acumen would later cause jazz fans and critics alike to hail DeJohnette as one of the world's premier jazz drummers. Evans, famous for a soft-spoken pianistic touch, seems driven to new vistas on this album. He experiments more with harmonic dissonance and striking rhythmical contrasts, making this his most extroverted playing since his freshman release, New Jazz Conceptions.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/1998
Label: Imports
UPC: 0731453975828
catalogNumber: 5036136
Rank: 8998


  1. One for Helen
  2. A Sleepin' Bee
  3. Mother of Earl
  4. Nardis
  5. I Loves You, Porgy
  6. The Touch of Your Lips
  7. Embraceable You
  8. Someday My Prince Will Come
  9. Walkin' Up
  10. Quiet Now
  11. Walkin' Up

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Evans   Primary Artist,Piano
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Eddie Gomez   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Gene Lees   Liner Notes,Cover Photo
Ray Noble   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Bob Schwartz   Remixing
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Helen Keane   Producer
Denny Zeitlin   Composer
Truman Capote   Composer
Frank Churchill   Composer
Pierre Grandjean   Engineer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Earl Zindars   Composer
Jean-Claude Martin   Engineer
Larry Morey   Composer

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