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This review is from: Everybody Digs Bill Evans (Audio CD)
This album reflects a crossroads in Bill's career. Bill had two current's flowing--his romantic style and his bop style. His prior album New Conceptions, which caused a stir, was almost a hard bop album. His lines at that point reflected Horace Silver's influence. Hard driving, mostly right hand extremely long lines; the ballads were somewhat arranged and not with his characteristic emotion. He knew he had more work to do (rec hiatus for almost 2 years)
With Everybody Digs however, Bill hit his stride. He had tempered and became more choice with his vocabulary-around this time he was a member of Miles Davis group. Oleo is a stunning effort. It is bop based, but it is a highly original take on it. None of his contemporaries were quite able to take the bebop idiom and loosen it up from Powell's reigns in terms of a new direction. This harder driving style on this record(a la All About Rosie/George Russell) as other reviewers commented seem to have been abandoned after the 50's. You see a little of it on Undercurrents on
The ballads--lucky to be me, what is there to say. That ballad touch--so characteristic and identifiable was now permanently stamped to vinyl. And Peace, Peace is really a wild experiment with fantastic results. Bill could often be very tidy and preprogrammed but when he did odd things like this he really showed his unique depth. Another example of Bill's capricious and often humorous side can be seen on "With a Song in My Heart" from Empathy with Shelly Manne and Monty Budwig. Anybody interested in this period of bill's playing would be interested in checking out his work as a sideman with Dave Pike, Art Farmer, Charlie Mingus and Eddie Costa.
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Initial post: Mar 8, 2007 3:14:40 PM PST
Richard Fitzpatrick says:
I appreciate this knowledgable reviewer's ability to convey enthusiasm without idolatory, which, unfortunately is too often the case with recordings of jazz icons like Bill Evans. When I read a review I like to learn about the artist and, given I don't have unlimited funds, why a given record should be in my collection. This reviewer provides that information without sounding condescending.
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