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Bill Evans: Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (Resonance)

With so many previously unissued trio recordings by Bill Evans crowding shelves and “the cloud,” it’s fair to ask whether another archival discovery adds anything of real significance to the piano icon’s legacy—particularly since the latest, Another Time: The Hilversum Concert, comes on the heels of two other Resonance sets from 1968, Live at Art … Read More “Bill Evans: Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (Resonance)”

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Bill Evans: Portrait in Jazz

In the opening moments of Bill Evans, Time Remembered, a new documentary by Bruce Spiegel, bassist Chuck Israels admits that, despite his long tenure in the pianist’s trio, even he has trouble answering questions about the man behind the artist. “People are interested in who he was, what was he like? Damned if I know, … Read More “Bill Evans: Portrait in Jazz”

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Bill Evans: Rise Above (Bill Evans)

If Bill Evans didn’t have the stylistic pedigree that he does—studying with Dave Liebman, spending years in Miles Davis’ band, collaborating with John McLaughlin and Herbie Hancock—it’s doubtful that this magazine would be publishing a review of his latest album. For Rise Above is indisputably a rock record, of a sort that could have been … Read More “Bill Evans: Rise Above (Bill Evans)”

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Bill Evans: Momentum

This two-CD set is a considerable emotional distance from the definitive and introspective Bill Evans Trio heard on the revered Sunday at the Village Vanguard from 1961. Recorded 11 years later at a concert in Groningen, the Netherlands, Momentum proceeds with, well, aggressive momentum, especially in the playing of bassist Eddie Gomez. This version of … Read More “Bill Evans: Momentum”

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Bill Evans: Dragonfly

Dragonfly is the third recording saxophonist Bill Evans has made with his Soulgrass band, but aside from the continuing presence of Ryan Cavanaugh on banjo, there’s little residual connection to the concept as laid out on 2005’s Soulgrass and 2008’s The Other Side of Something. Those albums were determined efforts to fuse bluegrass’ melodic and … Read More “Bill Evans: Dragonfly”

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Bill Evans: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate

In the new millennium, archival albums of previously unreleased music have become a jazz record phenomenon. They are so prevalent that most jazz polls have now changed their “reissue” category to “historical/reissue,” so that new recordings do not have to compete with unearthed masterpieces. And there have been some masterpieces: At Carnegie Hall by Monk … Read More “Bill Evans: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate”

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