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Perhaps both comments help explain why "Alone" is such an exceptional piano recording and singular listening experience. Unlike some current jazz piano prima donnas who shall remain nameless, Bill at no point uses the occasion as a "license" for self-expression or the song as a bare structure awaiting ornamentation and transformation. There's never the least hint of self-indulgence, display, or preciousness. It's all about the aesthetic "object"--the song--and the ability of the interpreter to illuminate every nook and cranny of its structure, in the process making it his own and making it come alive for the listener, often as if for the first time.
Bill frequently changes keys--not for effect but as a means of coming at the same pattern from a slightly different angle. The opening chorus of "Rainy Day," for example, is played in B (a surprising, even forboding, yet shimmering, radiant key) before it yields to the familiar, original key of G for two choruses of block chords that dazzle with their inventiveness while never deserting the composer's harmonic scheme. Finally, Bill coaxes the tune down to a more "comfortable" F before ending it in the tantalizing key of Db.
The primary challenge Bill had in mind with his remark to Marian was the problem of rhythm and the role of the pianist's left hand. The solution for most pianists is some variation of stride or walking-bass piano.Read more ›
"Alone" is an exception to this malady. The opening strains of "Here's That Rainy Day" will catch your ears immediately, as if the song had been there all along, desperately wanting your attention. When Evans starts to improvise on this Jimmy van Heusen-Johnny Burke classic, the song takes flight. So do the other selections in the album.
Johnny Mandel's "A Time For Love" swings without losing its lyrical beauty. Incidentally, Evans' piano improvisations on this song have been transcribed faithfully by Pascal Wetzel in the book, "The Artistry of Bill Evans," a must for amateur and professional jazz pianists.
In "Never Let Me Go," he gives us a glimpse into the window of his soul in a stunning performance that runs over fourteen beautiful minutes.
"Alone," as the title states, does not need a rhythm section contrary to what others mistakenly suggest. It is at the same time quiet and swinging. If you know your jazz, you will understand what the late Bill Evans was trying to convey.
"Alone" is an exception to this malady. The opening strains of "Here's That Rainy Day" will catch your ears immediately, as if the song had been there all along, desperately wanting your attention. When Evans starts improvises, the song takes flight. And so do the other selections in the album. Johnny Mandel's lyrical "A Time For Love" is my favorite track. In "Never Let Me Go," he lets go of his creativity in a stunning performance that runs over fourteen beautiful minutes.
Evans effectively states the melodies in one key and improvises in another. For example, he plays the theme of "A Time For Love" in D Major, soloes in B-Flat, and re-states the melody back in D, concluding the song in an almost Chopinesque manner. If there's one Bill Evans album that you are thinking of buying, "Alone" is the one.
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Here's a rare chance to hear one of the all-time greatest musical imaginations in jazz perform without a net. Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Anders
among my favorites… bought vinyl when released decades ago… collections of superb Evans...Published 17 months ago by Manuel T. Ortega
i own a lot of jazz. but i play this album about 275 times a year, almost daily. what more do you need to know?Published 21 months ago by Charles O'Meara
The recording date of this solo outing by pianist Bill Evans has been listed as both September 1968 and December 1969; the latter seems the more logical entry. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Yingchuan Hu
I really enjoy listening to this and I love Bill Evans. He is a master of lyrical jazz piano. He shines on his own without a trio.Published on January 21, 2014 by D. Clagg
Bill Evans's CD is really awesome. All the piano solo music is in this album, you can enjoy any times.Published on December 30, 2013 by Tiny