Bill Evans Trio – Live In Switzerland 1975 – Past Daily Downbeat

Bill Evans - eloquence beyond words.

Bill Evans – eloquence beyond words.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Bill Evans Trio – live in Epalinages, Switzerland – Feb. 6, 1975 – RSR-Espace 2

Over to Switzerland this week for a concert by the legendary Bill Evans, with his trio consisting of Eddie Gomez on bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums.

Considered by many to be one of the most influential Jazz Pianists of the post-World War 2 era, Evans was an innovative pianist, taking an impressionistic approach to traditional Jazz pieces which became his trademark over the years. He was also a gifted composer, with his signature tune Waltz For Debby a standard in most Jazz musicians repertoire.

Despite a tumultuous and tragic personal life, Evans was one of the most popular Jazz musicians of the 50s, 60s and 70s. His early death in 1980 from a decades-long abuse of drugs and alcohol robbed the music world of one of its most eloquent and visionary voices.

As a reminder of the immense talent that was Bill Evans, here is a concert he performed with his Trio in Epalinages, Switzerland and recorded for posterity by Swiss Radio on February 6, 1975.

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