Bill Evans Trio – live at The Penthouse, Seattle – May 12, 1966 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
The Bill Evans trio this weekend – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Joe Hunt on Drums and recorded live at The Penthouse in Seattle on May 12, 1966.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, Evans’ use of harmony and his inventive and impressionistic interpretation of the jazz repertoire has few peers. His “singing” melodic lines have influenced just about every jazz pianist that has followed him; a bold traditionalist with the most delicate of touches, he was never to be found on the fusion end of the jazz spectrum.
In 1966, Evans first worked with a young Puerto Rican bassist Eddie Gomez, recording A Simple Matter of Conviction for Verve. It proved an inspirational partnership, and Gomez can also be heard on Bill Evans At The Montreux Jazz Festival (1968), which was the only album Evans made with drummer Jack DeJohnette.
Borrowing heavily from the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, pianist Bill Evans brought an introverted, relaxed, and lyrical classical sensibility into jazz. Along with his keen technical ability and nuanced sense of harmony, Evans worked to democratize the role of the bassist and drummer in his succession of piano trios, encouraging greater contrapuntal interplay.
If you aren’t already familiar with the music of Bill Evans, here’s a place to start – there is much to discover and learn if you are diving into keyboards – a whole amazing world awaits you.
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