You Must Believe in Spring
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I bought my first Bill Evans CD (Village Vangaurd Recordings) after reading an article about him in the New Yorker about a year ago. I was "hooked" from the first time I heard him. His gentle piano playing and the intropsective quality of his music struck a deep chord in me. Listening to that live recording brought back the times I had been to New York and stumbled into in a small basement nightclub like the Village Vangaurd listening to trio jazz ensembles and conversing with friends.
Since then, I have bought a few other Bill Evnas CDs. Each CD I buy has me listening to it over and over again. With "You Must Believe in Spring," I find that I want to play it almost with a kind of obsession, never tiring of it, and hearing something a little bit different to appreciate each time I listen to it.
This is one of my favorite Bill Evans CD (Moon Beams is another.), and I know it will be a constant on the CD player. I particularly like "Gary's Theme" and "Sometime Ago," both beautifully executed. If you like "Moon Beams," you'll love this one.
When I first listened to this album over fifteen years ago, I thought that I had entered musical nirvana. The songs are so lushly melodic that one instantly becomes totally absorbed and one feels like being in a drugged state or trance.
The song "Peacocks" is tour-de-force by itself and Evans' treatment of it tremendously enhances its effect, showing that Evans was a great genius.Also,Evans brings out the odd melodic line which reminds one of an Asian or Arabic melodic line. I've listened to this song hundreds of times, always amazed at the beauty of it as played by Evans.
The other songs are gorgeous too. Evans didn't add anything superfluous to any of the songs, and his bass and drum players perform harmoniously with him.
I'm always amazed at the fact that not many people know about Evans. It's usually the jazz piano players that know about him, not the average aficionado. One reason is that his work sounds so simple because he usually plays close to the melody, but if you listen closely to his work, you will find that it is very complex.
Evans said that jazz should be approached as feeling translated into music rather than an intellectual activity. I think that this is a major reason that his music is so gorgeous: he translates the song through feeling into an improvisation that enhances the melody. Many jazz fans tout John Coltrane's music, but I think that Coltrane's music doesn't have great feeling, one reason being that he goes too far from the melody. Artistically speaking, I think this is form without function or form without meaning.Read more ›
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I love Jazz though I do not know much about it, but thoroughly enjoy this CD, it is very relaxing and beautiful for a dinner with friends, also nice company when you're alone in... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by kira von maydell
I now own most of Bill's recordings, and love them all for different reasons - he always pleases. In this, my favorite of his albums, however, he reveals his spirit and values more... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by J. Walsh
Bill evans is in a diferent mood here. I find him usually a very instrospective, reflexive, serious and almost sad pianist. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by Derek Irving
Nice LP from one of the best jazz pianists who ever lived. Very impressionistic in its texture.Published on July 2, 2001 by Amazon Customer
Bill Evans is the John Keats of the piano, a lyric poet whose tone, voicings and inventions are at once exquisitely sad and beautiful. Read morePublished on April 8, 2000 by Giuseppe C.
Bill Evans has always excelled at using the widest range of dynamics. The jazz piano had typically been a quiet instrument to be played as loudly as possible until Evans came... Read morePublished on October 27, 1999 by Rose Hanscom