The Brilliant

The Brilliant

Bill Evans

Label: Timeless Jazz Legacy
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917450729
Catalog number: TJL 74507
Releasedate: 01-10-10
Bill Evans' productive and very influential career reached its highest level with his final trio. The Brilliant Bill Evans is one of the best programs by this group and a must for the pianist's many fans.
  • One of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, Bill Evans is still a very popular artist 30 years after his death.
  • Evans' trio with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe Labarbera is considered his finest group since his early 1960's trio with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian.
  • Brilliant, one of the most rewarding recordings by Evans' final trio, has four of the pianist's originals, three lesser-known songs, and the “Theme From M.A.S.H.”
  • The interplay between Evans, Johnson and Labarbera is subtle but exciting, with a great deal of inner heat being felt just beneath the surface.
BILL EVANS - piano

Recorded at "Keystone Corner", San Francisco, USA on 31 August and 7 September 1980.
Bill Evans (1929-80) has been one of the most influential jazz pianists of the past 50 years. His chord voicings, interplay with his sidemen, and repertoire have been emulated by hundreds of other pianists.
Evans went to college on a flute scholarship but graduated as a piano major in 1950. After serving in the military, in 1954 he began four years of freelancing in New York which included playing with Mundell Lowe and Tony Scott, and making his first recordings as a leader. In 1958 he spent eight months as a member of the Miles Davis Sextet, playing alongside John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. He returned to Davis the following year to record most of the album Kind Of Blue.
During 1959-61, the Bill Evans Trio featured bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. LaFaro's death in a car accident resulted in the pianist dropping out of music for a year before returning with a new trio.
Although occasionally heard in different formats, Bill Evans mostly led a series of trios during the remainder of his life, including several that featured bassist Eddie Gomez. His final trio with Marc Johnson and Joe Labarbera stayed very busy during the two years prior to Bill Evans' death at age 51.