Bill Evans, pianist, composer
Pianist ~ Composer
birth name: William John Evans

Bill Evans

August 16, 1929, Plainfield, NJ ~ September 15, 1980, New York, NY

Virtual king of the modern jazz pianists. ~ Allmusic: Bill Evans ~ retrieved November 14, 2015 © Allmusic

Bill’s earliest exposure to music was in the Russian Orthodox church, where his mother took him to services. He first played he violin, while his brother, Harry Jr., took piano lessons. The family bought a piano so Harry could practice and take lessons at home. Each time Harry finished a lesson, Bill sat down to play the piano. Before long, he taught himself by ear to play back the classical music he heard being taught to Harry, and also imitated popular songs of the day. This penchant for self-study contributed to his mastery of many styles, and his ability to incorporate influences that ran from Debussy to Bud Powell. ~ Bop Piano: Bill Evans ~ January 1, 2013 © Bop Piano

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Creed Taylor was largely responsible for transforming Bill Evans from an insider's favorite to a pianist of much wider acclaim and stature. He was encouraged by Creed Taylor to continue to record in more varied formats: with Gary McFarland's big band, the full-orchestra arrangements of Claus Ogerman, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, flutist Jeremy Steig and a reunion with guitarist Jim Hall. The most remarkable, unusual and groundbreaking of these experiments was the album Conversations With Myself, a session where Bill Evans overdubbed second and third piano parts onto the first, playing and improvising with multi-tracked versions of himself, 'triple play'. In the opinion of Creed Taylor the overdubbed album was his most favorite Verve release of Bill Evans. ~ Bill Evans ~ retrieved November 14, 2015 ©

Bill Evans ~ Inducted in the 1981 Downbeat Jazz Hall Of Fame (Critics' Choice).

Bill Evans Trio ~ Sunday At The Village Vanguard (1961) ~ Ranked #4 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ None of the three men that made this music one fine June day in 1961 had any inkling of the impact it would have down the years: on listening to the playbacks LaFaro did mention to Evans that he thought they’d got pretty close to optimum performance, but that was about it. Two weeks or so later LaFaro was dead and Evans left with the ashes of his first great group. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

As a Session musician, guest or band member

George Russell ~ The Jazz Workshop (1957) ~ Ranked #44 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ One of the most important jazz albums ever. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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