Books with Buzz Courage To Act by Ben S. Bernanke Learn more Shop Men's Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Janet Jackson All-New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote Subscribe & Save Amazon Gift Card Offer blacklist blacklist blacklist  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 Kindle Voyage Shop Now Learn more
The Harmony of Bill Evans Songbook and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $19.99
  • Save: $5.40 (27%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
HARMONY OF BILL EVANS has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Clean used copy, no markings.very intact
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $3.96
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

HARMONY OF BILL EVANS Paperback – May 1, 1994

24 customer reviews

See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$10.69 $10.01
"Please retry"

"Empire of Self" by Jay Parini
Drawing on 30 years of friendship with Gore, Parini's portrait is both affectionate and balanced. Check out "Empire of Self", by Jay Parini. See more popular biographies
$14.59 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 13 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • +
  • The Harmony of Bill Evans - Volume 2
  • +
  • Bill Evans: A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Piano Styles and Techniques of a Jazz Legend (Keyboard Signature Licks)
Total price: $55.93
Buy the selected items together


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: HAL LEONARD CORPORATION (May 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793531527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793531523
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on May 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a piano player and serious student of jazz. I played professionally for 11 years on a variety of instruments and I probably own every CD that Bill Evans ever made and many other pianists as well. In addition, I have studied both classic and jazz piano, so I have some real credibility in this space.

I have seen mixed reactions to this book and I believe the critical reviews are because very good pianists want the Evans transcriptions, not Bill Evans as interpreted by someone else. However, I don't believe it was the author's purpose to provide transcriptions, but rather to make the music of Bill Evans accessible to beginning-intermediate pianists.

With respect to the goal above, I think the arranger achieved his goal quite admirably. What this book contains is simplified Bill Evans compositions, but the genius here is that the "essence" of Bill's sound and spirit is still present. In my opinion, this is quite a feat particularly when limited to simple arrangements.

The musical score is easy to read, but there are no fingerings provided. This is not a big deal to me, but it might be someone else. For a better pianist, these are excellent for sight-reading purposes because some of the chord changes may really catch you by surprise. I am addressing this point to the classic painists out there with some interest in jazz.

The chords are written above the music, but I think this is not very useful or accurate. If you stick to what is written on the page, you will often conclude that the chords are misnamed. However, they might be quite close to what is in the actual transcriptions. I don't see this as a big minus because you can reharmonize the pieces and use the chord symbols as an alternate interpretation of the harmony.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Fly By Light VINE VOICE on December 31, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is unique in a couple of ways. It is a compilation of articles on how Bill Evans used harmony. Obviously, Evans' extensive studies in college and beyond went far beyond what one thin book can cover, but it does what it does efficiently and well. The author is an unabashedly effusive fan of Evans and throws this energy into the work to make it as clear and understandable as possible.

Articles include:
Peri's Scope-Harmonic Analysis (includes Evans' intensive regimen for learning new songs)
Peri's Scope-Thematic Analysis (good discussion of developing a musical theme)
Times Remembered-Harmonic Analysis
Times Remembered-Modal Analysis
Times Remembered-Intervalic Analysis
"Funny Man" and "I Should Care" (lots of practical discussion of reharmonization techniques
I Fall in Love Too Easily (more reharmonization)
Twelve Tone Tune (probably of more academic than practical interest)
How Deep is the Ocean (advanced reharmonization)
B Minor Waltz (more advanced reharmonization)

For instant gratification, the book provides a rigorous method for learning new songs. For reassurance, it reminds the reader of how much Bill Evans worked on songs before they were "battle ready" and how long the author took to work out fingerings to one Evans song (eight months). It is amazing that jazz musicians have any time to perform at all, given all the techniques they have to learn. For future reference, the book constantly trumpets the virtue of Arnold Schoenberg's 1911 Theory of Harmony, the influence of which is pointed out periodically in Evans' work.

The book presents articles in a fairly logical order of increasing difficulty.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
I suspect there are musicians who get some use out of books presenting the transcribed solos of an Art Tatum or Charlie Parker, but I have yet to meet one who has claimed any benefit from trying to read page after page of seemingly endless note-streams. Thankfully, that is not the approach of this book. Nor is this necessarily the book for the impatient pragmatist who, having recently heard "Kind of Blue" or the 1961 "Village Vanguard Sessions," wants to be able to play like the pianist on the recording.

If you're looking for a simplified approach to sounding like Bill Evans, or for a book offering lots of hand-holding, good luck finding one. Reilly places Evans' music in the category of the greats--Bach, Chopin, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Art Tatum--and, rather than wasting words, devotes sixty solid pages to helping the reader understand not only Evans' greatness but the very criteria by which "greatness"--at least in the areas of music composition and jazz improvisation--must be measured.

In short, it's a book from which any reader with a serious interest in music along with some familiarity with musical notation and a willingness to be challenged by a modicum of theory can benefit. Certainly its relevance should not be limited to Evans' enthusiasts or even to pianists. Erasing the often-superficial, misleading and narrow boundaries between classical and modernist art, "high" art and "popular" art, Reilly is able to "freeze" and then dissect those representative moments of musical consciousness that allow privileged access to creative genius.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Price: $14.59
Ships from and sold by

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: sheet music piano, piano music, jazz art