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Bill Evans Plays for Lovers

Bill Evans Plays for Lovers

by Bill EvansBill Evans


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Concord counters 2005's Bill Evans for Lovers on Verve with this ballad collection, Bill Evans Plays for Lovers, from the pianist's late 1950s and early 1960s Riverside catalog. While there isn't anything here especially for devoted fans, who more than likely have all of this material a couple of times over, it's a great introduction to Evans for the novice. These nine cuts offer a fine retrospective of the pianist's trademark ballad style. Six tracks feature Evans in his classic trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian, and the rest showcase him in the company of bassists like Chuck Israels, Sam Jones, and Teddy Kotick, while Philly Joe Jones makes an appearance on the closer, "Young and Foolish." It's in the music made with LaFaro, though, that Evans reveals himself deeply. His then-controversial classicism -- which brought the shades and chord voicings of everyone from Debussy and Ravel to Erik Satie and Darius Milhaud to the jazz idiom -- are still revelatory in what they bring to the gentle, swinging introspection of tunes like "Haunted Heart," "Spring Is Here," "Blue in Green," and "I Wish I Knew." For the price, this set can't really be beat. And for those seasoned listeners who are looking for a prime ballad compilation, this one fits the bill nicely.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2006
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0025218902625
catalogNumber: 6026
Rank: 108686


  1. When I Fall in Love
  2. Haunted Heart
  3. Spring Is Here
  4. Blue in Green
  5. Easy Living
  6. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  7. Easy to Love
  8. I Wish I Knew
  9. Young and Foolish
  10. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)
  11. My Foolish Heart

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Evans   Primary Artist,Piano
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Chuck Israels   Bass
Teddy Kotick   Bass
Larry Bunker   Track Performer
Scott LaFaro   Bass
Paul Motian   Drums

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Richard S. Ginell   Liner Notes
Arnold B. Horwitt   Composer

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