Wednesday, 17 April 2013


And last but definitely not least: artist/album of the day!

William John Evans, known as Bill Evans (16 August 1929 – 15 September 1980), was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and is considered by some to have been the most influential post-World War II jazz pianist. Unlike many other jazz musicians of his time, Evans never embraced new movements like jazz fusion or free jazz.

After Scott LaFaro's (bassist in Bill Evans trio) death, at age 25, Evans did not record or perform in public again for several months. In October 1961, persuaded by his producer Orrin Keepnews, Evans would reappear on the musical scene with an album with Mark Murphy. With new bassist Chuck Israels, they recorded in December Nirvana, with flautist Herbie Mann, soon followed by Undercurrent (below), with guitarist Jim Hall.

Evans was honored with 31 Grammy nominations and seven awards, and was inducted in the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame! Enjoy!

01. My Funny Valentine 5.21 
02. I Hear a Rhapsody 4.36 
03. Dream Gypsy 4.33 
04. Romain 5.19 
05. Skating in Central Park 5.19 
06. Darn That Dream 5.04 
07. Stairway to the Stars 5.38 
08. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You 4.13 
09. My Funny Valentine (Alternate Take) 6.54 
10. Romain (Alternate Take) 5.24 

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