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1. I Will Say Goodbye
2. Dolphin Dance
3. Seascape
4. Peau Douce
5. Nobody Else But Me
6. I Will Say Goodbye (Take 2)
7. The Opener
8. Quiet Light
9. A House Is Not A Home
10. Orson's Theme

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B000000YYF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By svf on February 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"I Will Say Goodbye" was Bill Evans' final trio session for Fantasy Records in 1977, and it contains some of his most tender and beautiful playing. Of particular note is a lovely performance of the Bacharach ballad "A House Is Not A Home", probably the best jazz rendition of a Burt B. tune I've ever heard (and I've heard a lot of them for some reason!) Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" seamlessly leads into "Seascape". The jaunty bonus track "Orson's Theme" is a welcome addition to round out this release. And both takes of the bittersweet "I Will Say Goodbye" are gorgeous. If you love Evans' WB alubm "You Must Believe In Spring" (and how couldn't you?) you'll find "I Will Say Goodbye" to be a perfect companion.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hardin on July 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Bill Evans is most famous for his ground-breaking trio with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. While I cannot overstate the importance of said group, I actually think I like Evans' later trios better, any of the groups featuring Eddie Gomez. The present album does feature Gomez and drummer Elliot Zigmund, but like other albums of this period, Evans himself is the main focus. Something about the loss of LaFaro seems to have made Evans more generally assertive, and I have always felt that his command of the instrument was better later in his career.

This album features really interesting material; instead of lots of traditional standards, the material is made up of some later jazz tunes, the best example of which is Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance." Considering that Hancock is greatly indebted to Evans for parts of his style, it is interesting that Evans (and Ahmad Jamal for that matter) would use this tune on their own albums. It's a great tune, though, and Evans handles it in a way which definitely contrasts with Hancock's approach. An interesting study is to compare the present version with Hancock's rendition on Ron Carter's "Third Plane" album, also featuring Tony Williams, as well as Ahmad Jamal's treatment on "The Awakening." Each version is different and I'm undecided as to my favorite (especially when you throw in the classic original version on Hancock's "Maiden Voyage") but I like this one a lot.

The other really interesting selection is Burt Bacharach's "A House is Not a Home," a tune often precariously dangling over the dark pit of cheesyness but nonetheless a very pretty tune. I like what Evans does with it a lot, in a brief but poignant reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Palmer on February 28, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
This is one of Bill's best efforts.... I simply never tire of the beautiful expressions that only Bill Evans is capable of... the greatest jazz pianist ever... without question. If you are a Bill Evans admirer.. you need this one in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RH on November 29, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
This Superb Jazz Trio Masterwork Belongs In The MP3 Department
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Bill Evans’ final album for Fantasy Records is considered one of his best and
highly regarded masterworks, where it offers another rich set of enlightening trio
album that feature Eddie Gomez on the bass and session bassist Eliot Zigmund.
(Fantasy have continued to release a few other albums by Evans after his death
on it’s Milestone label). Recorded in 1977 and finally released in 1979 to critical
success, I Will Say Goodbye is a sparkling effort that highly showcase a glorious
series of classic songs written by several composers who had inevitably inspired
the pianist, like Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel, Earl Zinders, and even session
bassist Steve Swallow, in a program where variety is achieved while peak inspi-
ration serves as the album’s power. The track set include a series of standards
like Legrand’s I Will Say Goodbye, Herbie Hancock’s Dolphin Dance, Mandel’s
Seascape, Swallow’s Peau Douce—both a hit for Evans and pianist-bandleader
Carla Bley in the late-1970’s, Zinders’ Quiet Light, and Evans’ original song The
Opener—composed by Evans himself. Two bonus tracks, Nobody Else But Me
and Legrand’s Orson’s Theme, taken from a posthumorus anthology, gives this
timeless classic the finishing touch from start to finish. A solid Grammy Award-
winner for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance- Soloist of 1979—joined by We
Will Meet Again for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance- Group/ Individual that
same year, I Will Say Goodbye is a bonafide masterwork that specializes in it’s
beautifully-crafted piano artistry that ranks as one of Evans’s best works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Davis on March 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This shows that late 70s Bill Evans was still something to behold. This take on Herbie Hancock's Dolphin Dance is one of Evan's best performances ever.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wilcar on March 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was surprised at how beautiful the sound of this one particular set is put together.

There is a care and gentle beauty to this set that is so sorely missing in much of today's improvisational music.

Bill truly developed a most individual sound throughout his extensive career.
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Almost a valediction, this album, though he still had 3 years to live. The title track "I will say goodbye" says it all. That and "Seascape" are two of my favourite Evans tracks. I wish Amazon (and iTunes) allowed six stars occasionally.
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