Jazz Showcase

Jazz Showcase

by Bill Evans


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Jazz Showcase

Of the initial offerings in Fantasy's Jazz Showcase series, the Bill Evans volume is probably the most valuable to the newcomer, for a number of reasons. For one, it is a good single-disc summary of The Complete Riverside Recordings box, touching down on many of his best performances as well as some of his most famous recordings, such as "Waltz for Debby," and a swinging "In Your Own Sweet Way," and the lovely unaccompanied homage to Erik Satie, "Peace Piece." It was in this period where the Evans' idiom, trio format, and harmonic stamp were cast pretty much intact for the rest of his life, and this consistency not only makes the Riverside years easy to anthologize concisely, it gives the listener a more rounded idea of what Evans was about than do, say, the Miles Davis or John Coltrane volumes. Besides the inevitable abundance of trio material -- including four tracks from the esteemed Scott LaFaro/Paul Motian edition -- we also hear from the quintet with Freddie Hubbard and Jim Hall on "Interplay," and a Cannonball Adderley-led quartet on "Know What I Mean?" (oddly enough, Adderley's name is inadvertently left off the personnel lineup).

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/1998
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218901420
catalogNumber: 6014
Rank: 70154

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Evans   Primary Artist,Piano
Jim Hall   Guitar
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Teddy Kotick   Bass
Connie Kay   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass
Paul Chambers   Bass
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Scott LaFaro   Bass
Paul Motian   Drums

Technical Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Contributor
Jim Hall   Contributor
Chuck Israels   Contributor
Percy Heath   Contributor
Paul Chambers   Contributor
Freddie Hubbard   Contributor
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction

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